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Below preview: How far are you willing to go?
3 months ago

Below preview: How far are you willing to go?

Below has a simple concept. Throw players into the wilderness and see how far they can descend into an underground labyrinth. The premise isn’t unique in nature, but the execution …
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Project Spark support is being discontinued
3 months ago

Project Spark support is being discontinued

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Project Spark, the game creation game published by Microsoft Studios, will no longer be supported by the end of the year. The game is no longer available for download on …
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Fable Legends is now officially shut down
4 months ago

Fable Legends is now officially shut down

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It's officially all over now: Fable Legends is no longer a game. Lionhead Studios emailed beta participants yesterday informing them that the beta could "no longer be accessed."

"And so …
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Minecraft gets Minecraft: Story Mode skins
5 months ago

Minecraft gets Minecraft: Story Mode skins

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Minecraft has finally arrived in Minecraft, and that's not a typo. In a move that will almost assuredly make Xzibit smile, Microsoft has released a new skin pack that brings …
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Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition delayed to Spring 2016
8 months ago

Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition delayed to Spring 2016

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Earlier this year at Gamescom Microsoft and Moon Studios announced that Ori and the Blind Forest would be receiving a definitive edition set to launch sometime in 2015. However, Ori and the …
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Happy Wars (Xbox One) accidently released early; urgent notice by developers
1 year ago

Happy Wars (Xbox One) accidently released early; urgent notice by developers

Some players were lucky enough to get their happy on a little early yesterday. On Thursday, April 9 at 5:00 pm PST/8:00 pm EST, Happy Wars for Xbox One …
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Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious review (Xbox One)
1 year ago

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious review (Xbox One)

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious was developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft Studios on Xbox One and Xbox 360. It was released March 22, 2015 for free and will remain free until April 10, 2015 when it will begin costing $10.

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When I first heard about Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious I was blown away by the fact that the power of advertising had reached this point. A limited-time free game to promote both an upcoming movie and a six-month-old game was completely mind boggling to me. But the sheer brute force of advertising that is apparent is actually quite irrelevant. All that really matters was if Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious was any good. And to be blunt, my mind was quickly put to ease about the game's quality and soon focused on the task on hand: finishing sets of races to unlock the next new and shiny car.

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Ori and the Blind Forest review (Xbox One)
1 year ago

Ori and the Blind Forest review (Xbox One)

Ori and the Blind Forest was developed by Moon Studios and published on Xbox One by Microsoft Studios. It will be released on March 11, 2015 for $19.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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If I'm ever asked sum up Ori and the Blind Forest in just a few words, I'll undoubtedly describe it as beautiful, sorrowful, thought-provoking and magical, but it's also a game which offers a stiff challenge that stretches across a vast and diverse range of environments and offers a lot of replay value. In fact, I'd have to say that Ori is one of the best games I've played in a long time and it may even be one of my favourite games ever, despite belonging to a subgenre of platform games of which typically I'm not a fan.

Although Ori is basically a platform game with RPG-lite elements, it features a system of advancement through the unlocking of new and different abilities – double jumping, air-dashing and so on which in turn allow access to previously unreachable areas. This style of game is traditionally likened to Metroid and Castlevania, but due to its graphical leanings and wonderful musical score, Ori is perhaps most alike to Dust: an Elysian Tale among its peers.

As a reviewer, I'm duty bound to tell you what genre a game belongs in, or how it looks and how long it is, but the truth is that Ori is one of those special kind of games that works hard to set itself apart (and boy does it succeed) because almost everything comes together perfectly to create a tight and eminently enjoyable experience which allows it to sit aside from similar games and perhaps even redefine the accepted norm.

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MINECON returns this July with two-day London event
2 years ago

MINECON returns this July with two-day London event

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Minecrafters, get ready to build your best Big Ben, because you’re headed to London. Mojang announced earlier this week that its Minecraft convention, MINECON will be held July 4-5 …
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