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Schrödinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark review (Xbox One)

Schrödinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark was developed by Italic Pig and published by Team 17 on Xbox One. It was released on May 12, 2015 for $9.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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On May 17, 2015, I had a chance meeting with developer Italic Pig over at the XBLA Fans Twitch channel while streaming Schrödinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark. For the sake of brevity, let’s just say I happened to learn quite a bit of the making process of Schrödinger's Cat. The message I took away from the impromptu discussion with Italic Pig is that the developer had a vision and set out to create a game around a passion for physics. In Italic Pig's eyes, each portion of the game was designed with a specific purpose to test players in different ways. Most things in the game have a reason for being there, but not every reference or purpose is obvious. Still, the developer believes there is something for everyone here. Do I fully agree with all of the design implementations? No, but I respect the decisions made during the process. Schrödinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark took two years to make with an estimated 60-70 percent of the effort coming from Italic Pig alone. Meanwhile, I spent about eight hours across three different days to play through in its entirety. Let's see how it stacks up.

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China review (Xbox One)

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China was developed by Climax Studios and published by Ubisoft. It was released on April 21, 2015  for $9.99 on Xbox One. A copy was provided for review purposes.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles China Xbox One Review

Going from a game that helped to define the open world genre to a stylized 2.5D side-scroller, the Assassin's Creed franchise takes a sidestep with the Chronicles spin-off series. Its first game, China, fully embraces both the mechanical and stylistic shift. Set in 16th century China, the game stars Shao Jun, who returns to her homeland seeking revenge for the near elimination of her brotherhood many years ago. Her main goal is to assassinate members of the Tiger Templar group, but since she has little to no support in the region, stealth is more important now than ever.

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Aaru's Awakening review (Xbox One)

Aaru's Awakening was developed and published by Lumenox on Xbox One. It was released on April 21, 2015 for $14.99. A copy was provided by Lumenox for review purposes.

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Despite having cleared every level and obtaining all gold medal times in a day, a strange sense of self-doubt looms about my opinions on Aaru's Awakening. Indeed, this title contains some fantastic features and tries a few things differently from many other games on the market. However, Aaru's Awakening holds questionable design choices that have left me disgusted and passively angry. After all the trials and tribulations, I'm fed up with this game. As a platforming experience, this title falls somewhere between too difficult for casual play but easy enough for enthusiasts.

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles to spawn multiple games

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, the 2.5D action game coming out later this month, will not be the only entry in the Chronicles series. Ubisoft recently announced two future titles that will take place in India and Russia; these games will feature new protagonists and distinctive settings. Stylistically, the games will stand on their own. The setting in China, for example, is heavily influenced by 16th century China melded with a more modern ink aesthetic, creating what Art Director Glenn Brace calls a "romantic, impressionist vibe." He goes on to discuss the importance of rich, bright colors in India and how Russia, which takes place in the 20th century, makes use of the advent of "photography, graphics, poster art, [and] constructivism."

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Shiftlings review (Xbox One)

Shiftlings was developed by Rock Pocket Games and published by Sierra. It was released on March 4, 2015 for $14.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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The Xbox One is already home to an increasingly diverse range of game genres thanks to the ID@Xbox initiative, and it's encouraging to see even crazier games like Shiftlings adding to the rich catalogue that already exists. Essentially, Shiftlings builds upon the existing range of puzzle-platformers by adding a unique twist on cooperative play along with stunning cartoon graphics and a slightly dark sense of humour.

Shiftlings is a game about two unfortunate aliens who happen to perform maintenance duties across a range of space installations whilst being watched by a reality TV audience. Why, you might ask, would anyone want to watch the Shiftlings at work? Well, apparently because the hazards involved in performing space installation maintenance are many, varied and often hilarious. The hilarity for the TV audience is presumably heightened by the fact that both Shiftlings are connected to each other via a pipe — a fact that plays a key role in the gameplay for us as players. The question is, can the beautiful visuals, strong humour and lure of cooperative play overcome the inherent challenges and frustrations that not arise in all puzzle-platformers, but also those that are specific to Shiftlings (such as the fact that both characters are literally connected throughout)?

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Take a look at a behind the scenes video of Shiftlings

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Greetings earthlings.

In continuation of XBLA Fans' previous story here, Sierra has released a video featuring behind the scenes footage detailing the creation process of Shiftlings.

So how will the lovable wacky alien janitors' survive this adventure? The world will find out on March 4. The game is available to preorder here for $14.99.

The behind the scenes video will be available below the jump.

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Shiftlings stretches onto Xbox One on March 4

Shiftlings

Question: What is Shiftlings?

Shiftlings is a puzzle platformer set in an intergalactic reality show featuring two space custodians traveling the cosmos completing complex challenges.

Their special ability is their connection to each other via one hose. That hose allows them to pass gas instantly between them allowing for one to become massive in size and weight which lowers mobility but offers new ways to solve puzzles.

Shiftlings will offer over 50 levels across five worlds and will offer both single player and two player local or online cooperative gameplay.

All this and more coming soon on March 4.

Check out Sierra's Orientation video for Shiftlings after the jump.
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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty coming soon to Xbox One in March

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It has been a long time since Abe and the Oddworld franchise has seen an Xbox console. In fact, it hasn't seen a release at all on Xbox 360. Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is a ground-up remake of the classic Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, and excited Xbox One fans won't have to wait much longer to play this game from the classic franchise.

This is the story of a floor waxer for RuptureFarms by the name of Abe and the unlikely adventure he is about to embark on. One night, Abe overhears his boss, Molluck the Glutton's, plans for turning Abe and other Mudokons into tasty treats to save Molluck's empire. It's up to Abe to save the Mudokons by escaping the dark, desolate environments known as RuptureFarms to prevent the plans from happening.

Features included are fan-requested "old school" controls, QuikSave and QuikLoad functions, as well as leaderboard options.

Look below for a launch trailer of Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

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Funk of Titans review (Xbox One)

Funk of Titans was developed and published on Xbox One by A Crowd of Monsters. It was released on January 9, 2015 for $12.49. A copy was provided by A Crowd of Monsters for review purposes.

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"Cool Daddy-o!"

It's motivational speaking at its finest, and it comes from main character Perseus, to whom Zeus has assigned the task of defeating the Music Titans. The player is sent to clear three different worlds of music consisting of Pop, Rap and Rock. At first glance of screenshots and trailers of the game, I assumed this was another traditional platformer in which the player runs and jumps and attacks on command. Nope. Funk of Titans is actually a runner-type game in which the character automatically runs, and the player commands the jumping and combat. This revelation completely changed my outlook on the game. Let's dig into the finer details of how it did so.

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Funk of Titans grooves on to Xbox One on January 9

Funk of Titans screenshot

Time to boogie down.

Funk of Titans celebrates that funk is the music of the Gods. Zeus created funk and the people love it. However, the power balance is being shifted as the Pagan Titans are trying to takeover by using other types of music to brainwash the people. All hope isn't lost though as Zeus sends Perseus in the name of funk to defeat all the Music Titans.

Featured in this game are more than 40 stages of side-scrolling platforming in three different worlds of music: Pop, Rap, and Rock. Perseus will use his Funk-Fu to show the Music Titans whose boss. Funk of Titans arrives on Xbox One on January 9.

If you're lucky, you might even see a rocket stick with a horse head.

Get funky with the Funk of Titans trailer below.

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