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The Solus Project preview: Unreal aspirations
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The Solus Project preview: Unreal aspirations

The Solus Project E3 2015 Preview

"We want people to look at it and say, 'OK, that’s something Activision could make,'" Grip Games CEO and co-founder Jakub Mikyska says of The Solus Project following a hands-on session with the game at E3.

It's a lofty goal, and I'm not entirely sure it's one the teams at Grip Games and co-developer Teotl Studios are pulling off. But The Solus Project certainly does not appear as an indie game. So while you're unlikely to mistake it for something with the visual fidelity of Destiny or the next Call of Duty, the Unreal Engine 4-powered game at least looks like it's slipped into that somewhat barren in-between category. The Solus Project's graphics make it look like a AA game. It's something more technically impressive than what gamers are used to getting at ID@Xbox price points, but you're unlikely to mistake it for the next Activision blockbuster.

The demo opens with us taking control of an astronaut stranded on a grassy beach with a rocky outcrop to one side and a body of water to the other. Straight forward it is, then. Mikyska tells me that players can pick up things in the environment, so I immediately try to grab every plant I see, but most aren't pick-ups. Eventually I do come across some plants that can be picked up along with water, health packs, a flashlight and other goodies.

Intelligently managing and holding onto items will be important, since you'll need resources to prevent dying of exposure, thirst or starvation. Your inventory will of course be limited to prevent stocking up on too many resources to easily overcome the game's challenges.

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Cuphead preview: Like a boss
2 months ago

Cuphead preview: Like a boss

Cuphead Xbox One E3 preview

In video games, boss fights usually come at the end of levels, acts, chapters, etc. You work your way through a series of smaller challenges, baddies or puzzles to earn the right to face off against a boss and, should you emerge victorious, move on to the next section of the game. That was the custom established decades ago, and it's largely stuck ever since.

Not so in Cuphead, StudioMDHR's debut old-time cartoons-inspired shooter. Cuphead has an overworld that you can wander around in and select where to go next, but your what you're selecting from are boss fights, not levels. Yesterday at E3 XBLA Fans went hands-on with one of those boss fights — and died. Repeatedly. But damn if doing so wasn't fun.

After selecting what looked like a rocking little music hall on the overworld, I was thrown into a boss fight with a pair of giant frogs with another random player at my side. Hurting the frogs was easy enough: keep holding down the shooting button and take aim at the one frog or the other. The overgrown amphibians soak up tons of fire coming from your characters' index finger and thumb as they form the shape of a gun and spew forth a barrage of pew, pew, pews.

The bosses, of course, don't just take this abuse laying down. One shoots ice balls at differing heights, requiring you to alternate between leaping over them and going prone to duck them, while the other spits out flaming bees that you can shoot out of the air. Once you inflict enough damage during this stage of the fight, one of the frogs rolls toward you before going into a new pattern.

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EA announces puzzle-platformer Unravel
2 months ago

EA announces puzzle-platformer Unravel

Unravel E3 2015 Trailer

Today at its pre-E3 press conference, Electronic Arts showed off Unravel, a puzzle-platformer from indie developer Coldwood.

Yarny, the game's protagonist, is a diminutive character who seems destined to forever be described as a yarn version of LittleBigPlanet's Sackboy. Yarny is made of a single thread of twine that, as the game's title implies, unravels as players progress through Northern Scandinavian levels.

In the gameplay trailer below, the little guy uses his own body's twine to swing and climb through the game world and even to catch a ride on a flying kite. Throughout Unraveled, players will have to manage the fact that Yarny is constantly unraveling when moving. That means they'll have to think carefully about what paths they should take and how they can best use the trailing twine to solve puzzles.

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Trials Fusion getting Awesome Level Max DLC July 14
2 months ago

Trials Fusion getting Awesome Level Max DLC July 14

Pistol-wielding, bandanna-wearing, unicorn-riding cats seem right at home for E3, particularly in Ubisoft's often-silly pre-show media briefing hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler. So that's exactly what the publisher used …
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Cuphead releasing in 2016
2 months ago

Cuphead releasing in 2016

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StudioMDHR's Cuphead is coming to Xbox One in 2016, the developer announced today at Microsoft's pre-E3 press conference. The game, a run-and-gun platformer centered on one-on-one fights, features 1930s-inspired …
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Microsoft partnering with Valve VR
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Microsoft partnering with Valve VR

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During its pre-E3 press conference today, Microsoft announced a new partnership with Valve and its forthcoming Vive headset.

No details for the partnership were revealed alongside the announcement, but …
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Microsoft announces Xbox Game Preview program
2 months ago

Microsoft announces Xbox Game Preview program

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Starting today, Microsoft will launch what it's calling the Xbox Game Preview with The Long Dark and Day Z. This new program is believed to function similarly to PC's …
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PC mods coming to Xbox One
2 months ago

PC mods coming to Xbox One

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Microsoft today announced that one of PC gaming's biggest and most long-running benefits is on its way to the Xbox One. Microsoft will soon allow user-created game mods on …
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Xbox 360 backwards compatibility coming to Xbox One
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Xbox 360 backwards compatibility coming to Xbox One

Today at Microsoft's annual pre-E3 press conference, Xbox head Phil Spencer took the stage to announce that Xbox 360 backwards compatibility was coming to the Xbox One.

Similarly to the Xbox 360's backwards compatibility feature with the original Xbox, only certain Xbox 360 titles will be available when the program launches, which is right now for Xbox preview program members. Xbox One owners at large will get access to the feature starting this holiday.

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