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Valiant Hearts: The Great War review (Xbox One)

Valiant Hearts: The Great War was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and published by Ubisoft. It was released on June 25, 2014 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One for $14.99. An Xbox One copy was provided for review purposes.

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All Quiet on the Western Front aside, popular media has largely ignored World War I over the years. It’s that other world war that happened before World War II and didn’t get a Steven Spielberg movie inspiring the video game industry to make oodles of games about it. With 2014 being the 100-year anniversary of the war’s start, Ubisoft Montpellier thought it was the perfect time to step in and make a game about the brutality of trench warfare. Well, that’s half-true, at least. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is as much about this incredibly violent and semi-forgotten war as it is about those who fought it and what it took from them.

First-hand stories like those taken from Audio Director Yoan Fanise’s great-grandfather’s letters from the front helped the team add an air of authenticity to Valiant Hearts‘ campaign, which follows the war-time experiences of five characters of differing nationalities. The puzzle-adventure game’s comic book art style can feel incongruous during the game’s more somber moments, and some of the sillier game-y elements further highlight the disparity between the austere story and its lighthearted presentation. Somehow, though, Ubisoft fuses it all together into an experience that will make you feel the horrible pains of those consumed by this “great” war, and the friendships that somehow develop through it.

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Tetris Ultimate brings the classic to Xbox One

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Every console is better with Tetris, so Ubisoft is bringing the timeless classic to Xbox One in the form of Tetris Ultimate. The next-gen version will let up to four local players stack bricks in six different modes. Standard modes like Marathon and Endless maintain the classic’s legacy, while additional modes like Sprint and Power-up Battle mix up the formula.

Tetris Ultimate is set to release this summer. With a next-gen sheen running in 1080p and 60 framers per second, multicolored blocks never looked so good. See the screenshots below for a taste.

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War – developer diaries emerge

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Trailer and release date

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The team at Ubisoft that created Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends is creating a sidescrolling adventure puzzle game. Valiant Hearts: The Great War tells the story of five characters and how they are brought together by the events of World War I.  Between Karl the German soldier, Anna the Belgian veterinarian, and a playable dog, players will experience the first World War from a variety of perspectives.

The trailer (below) is much more story-driven than one might expect from the Rayman developers. The art-style seems to point towards a stylized news-strip comic reminiscent of the period, and the haunting piano melody that bookends the trailer is both absolutely beautiful and at once memorable. This is one to watch as time draws ever closer to E3. Valiant Hearts: The Great War launches on June 25 for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Source:  UbiBlog

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Child of Light review (Xbox One)

Child of Light was developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It was released April 30, 2014, on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 for $14.99. An Xbox One copy was provided for review purposes.

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Child of Light is a game that isn’t afraid to take what it likes. Ubisoft Montreal’s pastiche borrows liberally from the JRPGs of yesteryear in paying homage to them. Its roughly 12-hour adventure is filled with bits from its source material: Final Fantasy VII‘s sword gigantism, Final Fantasy X‘s in-battle character swapping and a sidekick that acts like a more palatable version of Ocarina of Time‘s Navi and looks like a Dragon Quest Slime, to name a few.

The story also feels like it was cut from the same cloth of many seminal RPGs. It revolves around a group led by the titular Child of Light (Aurora) on a quest to save the fairy tale world of Lemuria from the Black Queen, who has pilfered the land’s sun, moon and stars and appropriated its throne for herself. Child of Light‘s pitting of good-natured youngsters against an evil covering the world in darkness is nothing new, and its world, while beautiful, can be less than exciting to traverse. You might not then expect a game aspiring to be an indie love letter to the JRPG composed by the blockbuster shooter production crew at Ubisoft Montreal to keep you happily adventuring along. Thanks to a sublimely addictive combat system, pretty artwork and a delightful cast of characters, however, you’ll continue to gravitate towards this quest until you reach its conclusion.

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Trials Fusion requires day one patch on Xbox One

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Time to rev up your engines and prepare for a challenge: Trials Fusion released today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Anyone who picks up the Xbox One version will also be required to download a day one patch. The fix is aimed at improving the game’s resolution; pre-patch the game runs at 800p at 60 frames per second, and after the download the resolution will be upgraded to 900p. If stunt jumps and crash landings are your thing, you can pick up Trials Fusion now for $19.99 on the console of your choosing.

Source: Eurogamer

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Free-to-play AirMech Arena heading to Xbox 360

Popular browser-based, real-time strategy game AirMech is coming to Xbox 360 this summer in the form of AirMech Arena. Indie developers Carbon Games teamed up with publishers Ubisoft to bring the free-to-play game to console gamers. “As an indie developer, AirMech has been our passion for the past several years, and we are thrilled to partner with Ubisoft to bring the game to console,” said James Green of Carbon Games. “AirMech Arena was created from the ground up to be the ultimate RTS experience with a gamepad. The fast-paced action and depth of strategy brings console gamers a new experience we are confident they will enjoy.”

The game will include single-player, along with both multiplayer cooperative and multiplayer competitive gameplay for teams of two to three players, with teamwork being a particular focus. Carbon Games have promised that AirMech Arena will continue to receive regular updates post launch with content drops that include new AirMechs, units, maps and events.

Source: Eurogamer

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Officer Ray disaproves of this new Trials Fusion trailer

The much-anticipated Trials Fusion is set to launch in less than two weeks and as such Ubisoft have released a brand new promotional trailer featuring a disapproving Officer Ray played by Erik Estrada. The follow up to the hugely successful Trials and Trials: Evolution will release on April 16 on both Xbox One and XBLA. It’s the first of the series to reach next-gen platforms, but Trials Fusion promises to build on and enhance the vital features from the best-selling games with new tricks in a brand new Trials world with unique new social features.

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New Child of Light co-op trailer and developer diary emerge

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Child of Light, the Japanese-style RPG from the creator of Far Cry 3, has a unique co-operative mode that allows a second player to take control of an orb named Igniculus who aids Aurora, the protagonist of the title, through her journey by distracting enemies in combat, finding items in unreachable places, lighting dark paths and opening up new passageways. Their teamwork is highlighted in a new trailer from Ubisoft:

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New Trials Fusion gameplay trailer with release date and price; season pass spotted

Today, Ubisoft released a new gameplay trailer for their highly anticipated Trials Fusion from developer RedLynx. The “Ride On” gameplay trailer details the stunningly gorgeous new vistas you’ll power through, from futuristic utopias to clouded canyons to tropical paradises. At the end of the trailer, the release date was announced for April 16, 2014, with a price of $19.99 across all platforms, including Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, and PS4.

Trials Fusion is the next entry into RedLynx’s highly successful Trials franchise, following Trials HD and Trials Evolution. The game tasks its player to navigate a dirtbiker through a series of obstacles on a two-dimensional plane based on a highly focused and technical physics engine. This sequel promises even bigger thrills than its predecessors with the addition of tricks. Trials Fusion made our top games of 2014 to look out for and is fellow staffer Marshall Britt’s most anticipated game of the year.

Additionally, fellow XBLA watchdog @lifelower discovered that a retail version of Trials Fusion for Xbox One and PS4 has hit the Amazon marketplace for preorder. The retail edition is priced at $39.99, but includes a season pass, consisting of “six downloadable content packs, and each of the six DLC packs includes a new Career Mode Event and Tracks and new items for the Track Editor.” It is assumed that the season pass will be $20 on the Xbox Games Store.

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