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Pneuma: Breath of Life coming to Xbox One first on February 27

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Pneuma: Breath of Life is set to be released for a price of $19.99/£15.99 on February 27 and is a timed console exclusive to Xbox One for 30 days, developers Deco Digital and Bevel Studios have announced.

Pneuma is a first-person puzzler designed with the power of the Unreal Engine 4 engine to deliver a visually beautiful world. Pneuma, voiced by award-winning voice actor Jay Britton, is a god that delivers comical inner monologues while taking the player through a journey of puzzles in his world.

Unique lateral thinking will be required to overcome puzzles based on perception, observation and attention that will keep the player occupied as the type of story that can only be told in a video game unfolds.

Seeing is believing, so continue on to see Pneuma: Breath of Life in action.

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Blue Estate shows up guns blazing on Xbox One on February 18

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Sometimes, ordinary isn’t enough.

If that is something you find yourself saying when playing a game, how about fighting against “the most absurd and dangerous enemies” that Blue Estate has to offer, such as scar-covered champions, your character’s own hair and some very happy Chihuahuas?

Blue Estate is an upcoming rail shooter arriving February 18 on Xbox One for $12.99. Its story is about Tony Luciano, the homicidal manic son of an LA mob boss, and Clarence, who is a broke ex-Navy Seal out to clean up Tony’s mess. Tony sets out to rescue his dancer, Cherry Popz, from the Silk Brothers’ gang, and Clarence is out to stop gang war.

Developer HESAW has stated that the game was designed from the ground up to fully integrate the Xbox One Kinect for motion detection, but the game can also be played with a controller. Blue Estate promises dark and funny humor to go along with gameplay based on the Eisner Award-nominated Blue Estate comic books from Viktor Kalvachev. The game will also feature a local co-operative mode, so a second player will be able to join in on the fun.

HESAW adds that “All Xbox Live Gold members can also take advantage of a special discount of 20%!” But it’s unknown whether $12.99 is the price before or after the discount.

Continue below to check out a teaser of Blue Estate in action.

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Microsoft building off of Minecraft’s success

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Microsoft shelled out $2.5 billion to acquire Minecraft studio Mojang, and now we’re starting to see why. In its published earnings report, Microsoft announced a revenue of $171 million for its second fiscal quarter, a 79% increase. We’re sure that Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Forza Horizon 2 were part of that, but really, it was Minecraft.

Microsoft clearly has big plans for Minecraft. Their pre-launch reveal of Windows 10 showed concept footage for a HoloLens-compatible Minecraft in your living room. Still, the acquisition happened very recently. Expect something big, but don’t expect it to come soon.

Source: Microsoft via GamesBeat

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APB Reloaded coming to Xbox One

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All Points Bulletin: Reloaded, the popular free-to-play MMO first released on PC in 2011, will soon be making its way to console. Deep Silver will publish the title, which was developed by The Workshop Entertainment and Reloaded Games. APB: Reloaded is set in the near future, where players will choose either to uphold the law as an Enforcer or follow a life of crime as a Criminal. The game supports up to 100 players, 50 from each faction, completing missions throughout the city of San Paro in real-time. The game features deep customization systems for characters and vehicles that will let you stand out from the crowd. Items including gear, vehicles, and customizations can be gained by playing the game or through purchase.

APB: Reloaded will launch on Xbox One in the second quarter of 2015. It will be free-to-play for Xbox Live Gold members.

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#IDARB releases early

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February has started early this year, as next month’s Games with Gold offering is already out on Xbox One. #IDARB began its life as a single red box and a call to action on Twitter, and has since evolved into a 4v4 competitive multiplayer game that takes 8-bit sports to the extreme. Its crowd-created roots had a lot of control over the content in the final product, which includes local and online play, vast customization, and social media integration that can change the game in real-time. The game’s official Twitter celebrated the release, greeting players with an oh-so-comforting “welcome to the madness, everyone!”

#IDARB is free for all Xbox Live Gold members starting today. Those without Gold can pick up the game from Xbox Store for $14.99. Be sure to check out our review; this new esport is worth a look at any price tag.

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Xbox to PC streaming with simultanous television viewing a goal

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Playing games from the comfort of other devices in one’s own home holds promise in itself if implemented properly, and with the Xbox One aiming to be the all-in-one device for everybody in the house, potential issues could arise.  For example, if a family uses the Xbox One as both a gaming system and television box, but an individual is using the box to stream games to the computer, those who want to watch television would be inconvenienced. Luckily, Microsoft is working hard to avoid this drawback.

In answering Twitter questions following the Windows 10 announcement, head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed that his team is working to allow for simultaneous use of Xbox One to PC streaming and television viewing.  He noted that the feature may not be available right out of the gate, but that every effort is being made to push this capability out as soon as possible.  Not only will the Xbox One to PC streaming cut the metaphorical cord, allowing users to play anywhere in the house on a number of connected devices, but it will also essentially extend the usefulness of the console by allowing for two of its features to be used in their entirety without regulating one to the snap window.

Source: @XboxP3 via VG 24/7

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Riptide GP2 review (Xbox One)

Riptide GP2 was developed and published by Vector Unit. It was released on Xbox One on January 23, 2015 for $4.99. A code was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

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In Riptide GP2 you take control of a hydro jet and take to the waterways to put your racing skills to the test against AI, your local friends and/or the Xbox leaderboards. The better your racing skills are, the faster you will rake in the winnings and progress to the next set of challenges. You can use the money you’ve won to upgrade your current hydro jet or purchase one of 10 others that unlock as you progress higher in rank. With over 25 stunts at your disposal, and with doing stunts being the main way to increase your boost, finding the right line to hit a jump at max speed will take some time and patience but will ultimately help you win events.

Even before playing Riptide GP2, the mere mention of its developer, Vector Unit, immediately made me think of Hydro Thunder Hurricane (HTH), an Xbox Live Arcade game released in 2010. Hydro Thunder Hurricane is also made by Vector Unit. Unfortunately, Riptide GP2 is so similar to HTH that it feels more like an updated port or unreleased HTH downloadable content than a complete game in itself, which is what it should feel like.

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Unmechanical: Extended Edition review (Xbox One)

Unmechanical: Extended Edition was developed and published on Xbox One by Grip Games as an improvement to Talawa Games’ and Teotl Studios’s Unmechanical. It will release on January 30, 2015 for $9.99. A copy was provided by Talawa Games for review purposes.

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Up until January 21, 2015, I didn’t even know this game existed until I happened to come across an achievement list for the Xbox One version. The game peaked my interest, and I’m glad I saw that achievement list. Unmechanical was originally released on Steam and Android in 2012 and has been rereleased to home consoles with a new extra side level called “Extended”.

Unmechanical: Extended Edition claims itself as a simple game with a variety of puzzles. After starting the game and looking at the controls, it was definitely simple. The left or right stick can move the character and every button and trigger besides the Y button was a tractor beam. That’s it. What can a simple game bring to the table?

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Opinion: Xbox One to PC streaming is almost too good to be true

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Yes, you read that headline correctly. Your Xbox One games will soon be stream-able to any Windows 10 PC or tablet. If you weren’t able to watch the Windows 10 Consumer Preview on Wednesday the 21st, then you missed out. It was a great show, and a lot of cool stuff was revealed for the Windows 10 platform.

The entire time I was watching, I had this feeling that streaming Xbox One games would finally be announced. Just before Phil Spencer — head of Xbox — said the magic words, I tweeted this:

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Details about the upcoming Resident Evil Revelations 2 Raid mode

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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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