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Details about the upcoming Resident Evil Revelations 2 Raid mode

RE Rev 2 Raid Mode

At midnight PST today, Capcom has released its first details about Raid mode for the upcoming Resident Evil Revelations 2. As a popular mode in the first Resident Evil Revelations, information about Raid mode has been kept quiet until now.

With a little less than a month until the game releases, here are the details released by Capcom.

* There will be 15 playable characters in Raid mode. As of now, the known characters available are Claire, Barry, Moira and a character named Gina that you’ll meet in Episode 1. The characters Hunk and Wesker are also available depending on how the game is bought. Hunk and Wesker can also be purchased individually.

* Raid mode will be available only for local co-op on release. Online co-op will be added in after the final episode is released. Capcom states that the development team is currently focusing on making sure “online co-op will function as expected.”

More information is available. Continue to find out.

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Rhythm Party disappears from the Xbox Live Marketplace on February 1


Konami Japan has announced that the Xbox Live Arcade title Rhythm Party will be taken off the marketplace on February 1, 2015, but the DLC music packs will continue to be sold for the known time. The removal arrives on the third year of its release on the marketplace.

Rhythm Party, also known as Boom Boom Dance in Japan, is a title that uses the Xbox 360 Kinect.

Speculation: The author of this article expects the title to be removed before February 1, most likely sometime mid-morning EST on January 31. Trends point to After Burner Climax which was pulled earlier than announced and Marvel vs. Capcom Origins which was removed a day early as the most recent examples of announced delistings. Don’t take this as a definitive time but rather as a cue to buy the game sooner than the end date if the reader is interested.

Source: Konami JP

(Thanks, @lifelower)


#IDARB coming to Games with Gold on Xbox One in February


#IDARB? It Draws a Red Box. ^

What once was a red box on Twitter has now become a platforming, jump-all-over-the-place, arena-ball esport that’ll make the crowds go wild. Crowds? Yes. For the first time, people can actively participate or interfere with games in progress by Twitch or Twitter. By using different hashtags, different effects may occur to really liven the game up: reversed controls, water floods, fireworks and even an internet meme that will never give up. Games played live may never be the same.

The best part? #IDARB is participating in Microsoft’s Games with Gold program in February, developer Other Ocean Interactive announced today. Microsoft members with an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to attain #IDARB for free when downloaded while the game is in the program.

Can’t wait until February? Well, you’re in luck.

Other Ocean has started giving out full game codes two months early to some of its most vocal fans. If you want your chance to play the game early, visit Other Ocean’s Twitter page here, Twitch page here and website here to declare your desire to play the game.

Mike Mika, Head of Development for Other Ocean Interactive had this to say about giving away the game early: “It might sound kind of strange to give the game away for free two months before it officially comes out, but that’s in line with how #IDARB was built from day one.”

What is this game, and how does it play? Check out the trailers inside to see festivities in action.

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ID@Xbox Games Announced at GDC

GDC 2014

Today at GDC 2014, Microsoft announced 25 games to be released as part of the ID@Xbox program. Major Nelson provides some further details in a blog post.

Xbox Wire released a brief rundown of the games that has been re-posted below:

  • “1001 Spikes” by Nicalis – This hardcore side-scroller features precise controls and a degree of difficulty that means starting with 1001 lives is not at all a guarantee you can make it through the game! Every level is custom designed to be beaten… barely. The game also includes co-op and cutthroat multiplayer modes.
  • “Calibre 10 Racing Series” by Bongfish GmbH – “Calibre 10 Racing Series” is a spiritual successor to “Harms Way.” The game is entirely multiplayer in a new experience that combines action-packed racing with fast-paced first person shooting.
  • “CastleStorm” by Zen Studios – It’s Knights vs. Vikings in “CastleStorm,” a super genre mash-up of 2D physics destruction mashed with tower defense brawler! “CastleStorm” features a story-driven solo campaign, a custom castle editor, online multiplayer, co-op modes, and more.
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Chief Product Officer of Xbox Marc Whitten leaves Microsoft

Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox Live, speaks about the technology behind Microsoft's Xbox One during a press event in Redmond

Microsoft announced today the impending departure of Chief Product Officer and Corporate Vice President of Xbox Marc Whitten. Marc has been with Microsoft since 2000, and has been on the team through all three Xbox console generations. You may know him from his appearances on the stage at E3, the frequent newsbits he dropped, or more recently from his Xbox Wire post about the most recent system update, which introduced a slew of new social features to the Xbox One. Marc will be moving on to become the Chief Product Office at Sonos, a company best known for its wireless audio tech.

But hey, it’s not all sad news. According to the release, “You can continue to play with Marc on Xbox Live under the gamertag notwen.”

Congrats, Marc, and good luck.


Xbox Live player first to hit 1 million Gamerscore

Achievement Unlocked

Well, it finally happened: someone has broken the 1,000,000 Gamerscore mark. Major Nelson offered warm congratulations to the dedicated gamer, Stallion83, through a tweet. Breaking 1 million is an impressive achievement (no pun intended) to be sure, but not wholly unexpected; with approximately 48 million Xbox Live accounts and a service running for almost 12 years, someone was bound to cross the 1 million Gamerscore threshold. Seems fitting, though, that it would happen in Titanfall.

Source: Major Nelson’s Twitter


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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Xbox One changes always on policy with Kinect


The one sure thing about the Xbox One at this point is that any news about the system is fluid right up till launch day. Following several key policy reversals by Microsoft, they’ve switched things up with Kinect now. When the system was first announced in May, Kinect was supposed to be always on and plugged in at all times in order for the system to function. That officially changed when Microsoft announced that Kinect doesn’t even need to be plugged in at all. Mark Whitten, chief architect behind the Xbox One, confirmed it on IGN.

“You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings,” Whitten said. “When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information. Any functionality that relies on voice, video, gesture or more won’t work. We still support using it for IR blasting in this mode. You can turn the sensor back on at any time through settings, and if you enter into a required Kinect experience (like Kinect Sports Rivals for instance), you’ll get a message asking if you want to turn the sensor back on in order to continue.” Kinect will still be a mandatory and sold with every system, but there’s no reason to believe that couldn’t change at some point as well.

Source: IGN


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


Return of Pinball Arcade still up in the air

The Pinball Arcade

The Pinball Arcade on XBLA has received the yo-yo treatment as of late after it was delisted from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace last week. While the game probably won’t be coming back any time soon, there is a little bit of news at least. Developer Farsight studios could not release new DLC tables after their publishers went bankrupt last year, but the studio told longtime XBLAfans tipster @lifeflower via twitter that they plan on returning to Xbox.

“Unfortunately the licenses are still tied up with the publisher. There was some good new about a month ago, Crave has filed a ‘reorganization plan’ to the courts so hopefully we will be back and running soon,” Farsight studios said in the email. A return isn’t for certain; that will depend on what happens with the publisher. No return date for Pinball Arcade has been announced yet.

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