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Elite: Dangerous is headed to the Xbox One

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One of my favorite games on the PC from last year is coming to the console. Frontier Developments has announced that Elite: Dangerous is coming to the Xbox One.

Details are a little scarce but the game should have all the content up to March's PC update. March's update is where Elite really makes playing cooperatively a lot easier and more rewarding.

Part of the appeal for me in playing Elite: Dangerous is using a HOTAS setup to fly around. There were some setups for the Xbox 360, so maybe we'll see some come out for the Xbox One.

The game's pretty massive, being a 1:1 recreation of the Milky Way for you to fly around. Let's hope there aren't many or any compromises for the game to come to the Xbox One. Frontier is looking to release the game sometime this year.

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Mega Man Unlimited v1.2.2 now available...and you thought the game was already tough?

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When it comes to the world of Mega Man, MegaPhilX is like the gift that keeps on giving.  Today he released version 1.2.2 of Mega Man Unlimited that saw a new option: Challenges.  Challenges come in two flavors: perfect runs and omega robot masters.

If you're unfamiliar with the concept of perfect runs, it's essentially completing a robot master stage without taking damage and only using the default Arm Cannon/Mega Buster.  If you want to see awesome perfect running in action, check out YouTube user RoahmMythril.  Thankfully with Unlimited the challenge is just the robot master, but it's still buster only and one hit kills you.

As for the omega robot masters...oh boy.  If you had trouble with the robot masters before (curse you Glue Man), the omega versions will give you more.  Some of the robot masters will move and attack faster and their attacks will be intensified a bit (such as Rainbow Man Omega and Comet Woman Omega), while others might have the same attacks but hinder you in other ways (for instance, hitting Trinitro Man Omega on the bulb on his head is instant death to you).

If you're a fan of Mega Man challenges, this is definitely one to try.  As of now I've only done a perfect run of Rainbow Man and only took down Jet Man Omega for those challenges.  If you have the main robot masters down, these will give you a run for your money.

Reports are Phil Harrison has left Microsoft

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Phil Harrison has had a long history in video game consoles. After leaving Sony, he went over to Microsoft in 2012 and has been the VP of the Interactive Entertainment Business and EMEA head of games. That time though seems to be coming to and end.

GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that Phil Harrison has left Microsoft and the reason is his frustration over the lack of promotion with all the shuffling that happened the past year and a half. Phil Spencer became the face of Xbox after the departure of Don Mattrick in July of 2013.

Microsoft hasn't confirmed if Phil Harrison has left Microsoft yet, but if this is indeed true and sources have confirmed with GamesIndustry.biz, we should be getting an official word soon.

Maxis is no more

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EA has closed Maxis Emeryville, the folks behind SimCity. Kotaku reported on the tweet sent by Guillaume Pierre, who's been with Maxis for 12 years.

The Sims series is handled by another studio, so supposedly that's OK even though reports are that The Sims 4 didn't do so well. 

But, it's really sad to hear this sort of news. I grew up with games like SimCity and SimAnt to name a few. To hear this once great studio is shutting down is really disheartening. I wish everyone at Maxis Emeryville the best of luck in finding something new.  You guys will be missed.

Maxis : 1987 - 2015

A look at the prototype Valve controllers for the HTC Vive

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There's been talk around GDC about the special controller that Valve is using along with the HTC Vive, but pictures haven't really existed. Turns out Valve didn't want the press to take pictures, but here it is below.

Yes, it looks like the Steam controller that Valve was touting before was split and merged with a Sony Wand and/or Wiimote. You can see the touch controller on top front with a few buttons. Let's be clear these were just used for demonstration purposes and most likely nowhere near the final design, but it's kinda interesting to see what Valve has come up with for use in interacting with a VR HMD.

Henceforth, April will be hailed as El Presidente month!

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The Ministry of Console Videogames and Joy of Small Children has recently decreed that April will now forever be known as El Presidente month (finally 12 out of 12 months will celebrate our luminous El Presidente) AND Tropico 5 on PS4 month!  Moreover, April 28 will now forever be known as The Great Release Day. All hail El Presidente!

El Presidente himself worked tirelessly to ensure that on April 28, Tropico 5 would be available on the PS4.  His work is responsible for its flawless performance at a full 1080p resolution, 30 FPS frame-rate, and remote play on the PS Vita.  All hail El Presidente!

The glorious El Presidente encourages you to learn more after the jump, to watch the new trailer he made himself with his bare hands, and then to find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.  A file with the Ministry of Cultural Homogeneity will certainly not be opened on your behalf if you don't.

ALL HAIL EL PRESIDENTE!  ALL HAIL APRIL 28TH!  ALL HAIL TROPICO 5 ON THE PS4! 

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood revealed

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Bethesda Softworks has announced Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to one of 2014's best games, Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will follow the game's long running protagonist, BJ Blazkowicz during the year 1946 as the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. Part 1, titled Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, will follow Blazkowicz as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an effort to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead's compound. Part 2, The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs, continues Blazkowicz's search as he travels to Wulfburg, a city where a Nazi archaeologist is hunting for ancient artifacts that wield dark powers.

The prequel will be available on May 5 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is being developed by MachineGames, the same minds behind Wolfenstein: The New Order and will cost USD$19.99 / £14.99 / €19.99 / AUD$39.95. 

For more on Wolfenstein: The New Order, check out our review for the game on PC and our review for consoles. Also be sure to watch the announcement trailer below.

For more on gameplay surrounding The Old Blood, be sure to tune into Twitch during PAX East at 10:30am ET on both Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7.  


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Sony's Project Morpheus coming first half of 2016

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At GDC, Sony went into a lot more detail about their VR headset, Project Morpheus. What they showed off will be pretty close to what consumers will be able to pick up sometime next year.

Project Morpheus now sports a 1920x1080 panel that runs at 120Hz. For comparison, the Oculus DK2 (Crescent Bay actually has a higher resolution screen) has the same resolution but runs at 75Hz.

Sony added a few more LEDs on the headset, nine in total, to help with tracking using the PlayStation's camera. 

The design has been changed up a bit and it doesn't have an overhead band like a lot of the VR headsets out there. This one has a single horizontal band that sits at an angle on your head. Word is it's pretty easy to take off and pressure is more on top of your head rather than your face like the Oculus.

There's still no price given and this might not be the final consumer version design, but we'll get more information at E3.

Details on the Metal Gear Solid V Collector's Edition

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Konami has officially announced the September 1st release date of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain but you knew there was going to be a collector's edition right? Of course you do.

For $100, the standout item is the 1/2 replica scale of Snake's bionic arm. It's red and black with a nice futuristic cyborg look to it. Of course, you get your usual basket of goodies like a book, making of video, and digital rewards. The collector's edition only comes in an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 variant so those on the PC, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3 will have to just deal with the game itself.

All told. glad to see the game coming out on all platforms on September 1st (PC on September 15th) and the collector's edition should please fans of the series with some nice goodies.

News Roundup - 03/03/2015

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