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Titanfall
Review by: Charles Husemann
Prepare for another Titanfall review as Chuck compares Respawn's first game to a classic sports car. READ FULL REVIEW...
Kinect Sports Rivals
Review by: Jeremy Duff
Rare returns with one of the best reasons to own a Kinect as well as a huge spotlight on what faults there are with the technology. READ FULL REVIEW...
Need for Speed Rivals
Review by: Sean Cahill
Is the Xbox One version of Need for Speed Rivals worth upgrading to from the Xbox 360? Sean hits the road to find out. READ FULL REVIEW...

Multiplayer in Watch Dogs looks crazy good

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Ubisoft has put forth a video showing about 9 minutes of Watch Dogs' multiplayer aspect. The game actually seamlessly connects the single player and multiplayer game in a fun way. You can see the various ways you can get into multiplayer with a friend or friends in the video. 

I really love how your friends can appear as NPCs in your game and you can initiate a multiplayer game with them. You don't have to get into some other mode to do so and it's this smooth transition from single player to multiplayer and vice versa that has peaked my interest.

Both team and single player online portions are shown and each look fun in its own way. I'm really excited for this game to come out and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Meet Peggle 2's Fairy Master

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I spent a year around 2007 nursing a truly tragic Peggle addiction.  Luckily, I was able to kick that habit despite PopCap's ability to tickle all the important parts of the human brain.  

I haven't yet given Peggle 2 a try because I'm just not eager to hop back on the multiball bus (that's the cool way to refer to a Peggle addiction).

If you are bolder (or, perhaps, weaker) than I am, maybe you have.  And if that's the case, then you should know that Peggle 2 has released new downloadable content including a new Peggle Master named Windy the Fairy.  The DLC comes with brand-new levels, trails, objectives, and costumes and will cost $1.99.  Peggle 2 is out now for the Xbox One and comes out on May 7th for the Xbox 360.  

To learn more, find Peggle 2 on the web and Facebook, and PopCap Games on Twitter.


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News Roundup - 04/22/2014

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IGN has the first screenshot from the next Call of Duty game

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This year's Call of Duty game is coming from the folks at Sledgehammer. This will be their first full fledged Call of Duty game and it's taken them three years to develop it. 

IGN has the first screenshot from the game and from what the developers were saying, this is an actual in game screenshot. The model looks really, really detailed. You can see the small imperfections in the skin and the light reflecting off the various parts of the face.

If this is an actual in game model, then the visuals should be pretty stunning. The big question though is, how will the gameplay be. 

Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Treyarch are now on a three year cycle to produce Call of Duty games so let's hope the extra time does allow for some better games as the series is starting to get a bit stale for those who have played them for a while now.


Child of Light dev diaries: a living painting

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Nintendo might have less than a clue about keeping solid retail titles in the pipeline for Wii U, but the console's digital library is surprisingly robust. Even big publishers like Ubisoft are recognizing the console's strength for downloadable titles, like their upcoming RPG Child of Light. Inspired by classic turn based RPGs of the 16-bit era, the game is styled like a living watercolor. It's nice to see that Ubi hasn't completely abandoned Wii U, as I'm most excited to play Child of Light and future projects from UbiArt on Nintendo's home console.

Alien Isolation is a world where technology won't save you

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Creative Assembly keeps making me more confident about Alien: Isolation. They really seem to get what made Ridley Scott's 1979 film so terrifying: it wasn't about inexplicably stupid scientists making dumb decisions with trillions of dollars of technology, as in Prometheus. Rather, it was about a group of terrified space truckers, doing the best they could with the crappy tech they had on hand, making all the right decisions and still getting killed by the alien, which is precisely what made the movie scary.

Case in point: Creative Assembly is doing their best to reverse-engineer the work of Ron Cobb, the legendary concept artist who designed the look of both Scott's Alien and Cameron's sequel, Aliens. This very analog, push-button future Cobb created looked like it could actually exist and work, and Creative Assembly has taken that to heart in building their game. But once again, all of the tech in the world, advanced or 1970s clunky, won't save you from a literal force of nature like the xenomorph. This is something Aliens: Colonial Marines missed completely, so I still have high hopes for Isolation.


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Behold the first look at Dragon Age: Inquisition coming to you October 7th

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Yesterday the box art for Dragon Age: Inquisition popped up for everyone to see. Today, a new trailer is up with some gameplay footage for people to drool over.

Yes, the game does look absolutely stunning. It's running on the Frostbite 2 engine, which powers games like Battlefield 4. I was thoroughly surprised at how good the footage looks. The third person action looks amazing and some of the scenery is really well done.

There's plenty of action with dragons in the trailer and you get to see the Inquisition leaders as well. All told, the trailer does a great job at showing the power of the Frostbite 2 engine and how it's making Inquisition such a visually impressive game.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released on the PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 on October 7th.

News Roundup - 04/21/2014

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Amazon Deal of the Day: Titanfall for $36.99

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If you haven’t picked up Titanfall yet for the Xbox One, PC or Xbox 360, Amazon has a deal for you. The game is on sale today for $36.99, which is 38% off retail while supplies last. Titanfall lead all game sales last month according to NPD, so getting in now isn’t too late. Just head over to the Amazon Daily Deal section and grab your preferred copy while it is available.


Amazon Gold Box deals all video games today

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Amazon is running a very decidedly gold-box deal for video games today. It started this morning with Need for Speed Rivals for Xbox 360, and will include headsets, Skylanders figurines and other games throughout the day. Take a gander at the times and what products will be deeply discounted when they are on the clock.

 


Box art for Dragon Age: Inquisition

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BioWare's next will be the third game in the series, Dragon Age: Inquisition. Looking to bounce back from the lackluster second game, BioWare is really trying to make the third game stand out. Decisions should have a greater impact on the game and the world will be bigger for players to explore.

Today, the box art for the game has been revealed. Dragon Age III will be coming out for most platforms this fall after a year delay.


Weekend News Roundup - 04/20/2014

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News Roundup - 04/17/2014

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Microsoft's sold-in numbers of the Xbox One now at over 5 million -Update-

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced that since the launch of the Xbox One, over 5 million consoles have been shipped to retailers. That's pretty good and are over what the Xbox 360 has done in the same time frame by more than 60%.

Microsoft's console also had the top selling game of last month with Titanfall. The game, which is out on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, has garnered some solid reviews. It wasn't enough to push the hardware sales in North America to first place, but it was still a solid release.

Overall, Microsoft had a good month with both the Xbox One selling about 311,000 units with some Xbox 360's moving as well. We'll have to see what Microsoft has in store for E3 to try and really push the console this coming year.


 

-Update- Corrected to say shipped to retailers, not sold to customers as stated by Microsoft's wording of sold-in

News Roundup - 04/16/2014

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Read about the development and drama that went into Titanfall

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Geoff Keighley has produced another piece on the development of a highly touted video game. The Final Hours of Titanfall is a look at behind the scenes on what it took to get Titanfall out and all the pitfalls along the way the team experienced.

You'll get some more story on why one of the co-founders of Respawn Entertainment, Jason West, left the company. While the official word was for family reasons, the lawsuit brought forth by Activision and how it affected his relationship with the rest of the team was a big factor in his decision to leave. 

Also, the game was almost cancelled because Respawn ran out of money. It took Microsoft to come in to save the game from extinction. 

There's plenty more and you can pick it up for the iPad, PC/Mac, or a native Windows 8 app for $1.99. You can also check out Chuck's review of the game.


News Roundup - 04/15/2014

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Pepsi augments reality, throws meteors, aliens, and attacking robots at bus commuters

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If you'll pardon the shameless Pepsi Max plug, this is actually pretty cool. Pepsi took a busy London bus stop, installed a screen and a camera, then injected some augmented reality into a few pleasantly surprised commuters' lives. I think the dodgy tiger would've absobloodylootely made me get my knickers in a twist and take off down the motorway in my trainers, as they might say in the U.K.

Have a little spaghetti with your western PvZ: Garden Warfare

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The newest Plants VS. Zombies: Garden Warfare DLC, out today, is called Zomboss Down.

Zomboss has been shot down and now his zombie minions are roaming the desert. It's your job to stop them from accessing a nearby secret facility/golf course on brand new maps like Cactus Canyon Gardens and Graveyards. 

What else do you get?  Well, you'll get eight new playable characters like the Wrestling Star zombie and Lawn Pea, 200+ customization items, 10 more levels to achieve raising the cap from 20 to 30, and brand-new challenges.

For full details, follow the jump.  Also make sure you find Plants VS. Zombies: Garden Warfare on Facebook and Twitter.

Zomboss Down is free, but you do need a copy of the game to play it.  Not exactly CNN-level breaking news, I know.


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News Roundup - 04/14/2014

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Impressions: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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Every four years, the world of international football gathers together for a month long final tournament to determine the best team in the world.  Just like the 2010 World Cup, EA Sports has brought the tournament straight into our homes via console in the form of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which is available today on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

We're not quite ready to do a review of the game, but we wanted to make sure some impressions of the game are available as we've had time to go through most of the game modes.  2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil brings the same fun game modes from the previous version of this game, including the ever-popular Captain Your Country mode, which allows players to create a pro from scratch or pick from an existing pro for a corresponding country and build them up during the qualification process, leading all the way to the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The mode has gone through some upgrades, including making it a bit easier to build up stats via the training mini-games that have been available in the FIFA franchise of games.  It may even be a little too easy to build those stats up, but considering that a player doesn't have access to a player's club team like they would in the regular title, this is the way to make sure that created players are competitive.

Of course, the regular World Cup mode is available, which leaves the choice up to a player as to whether to play the World Cup Final as is from the draw back in December, or to create their own fantasy version of the tournament and create some stacked groups in order to increase the difficulty.  The mode is straight forward, as expected, but stunning visuals of all the new stadiums that have been built or renovated for the tournament are shown off in all their glory.  Gameplay is fairly similar to FIFA 14, if not just a tad slower than its counterpart.

If a player feels like trying to re-write history, the History of the World Cup is available and allows players to replay some of the most exciting games in the history of the tournament.  Also included in the title is the Road to Qualification mode that allows a player to take on the managerial position of a country and try to take them from the early stages of qualifying all the way to Brazil. 

For a title that is somewhat truncated since it is only international matches leading to the World Cup, there is plenty of meat in this game, though there is a lot more to cover than what can be included in this.

We'll include more on 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in our review, which is expected later this week.

Titanfall coming off a big week

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Last week was a big one for Titanfall, as the game launched on the Xbox 360, there was a panel dedicated to it at PAX East and an eagerly-awaited patch finally was applied to all platforms. The patch is extensive, but the key components are the Private Match Beta, Xbox One Party App shortcut for your Xbox One menu and plethora of bug updates.  Take a look at the complete list after the jump, as there are plenty of changes and a list of future updates that are being worked on:

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Weekend News Roundup - 04/13/2014

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  • Soda Drinker Pro for the Xbox One announced at PAX East

Soda Drinker Pro for the Xbox One announced at PAX East

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Well, it looks like goat sims aren’t the only weird mainstream simulation games out there, as indie developer Will Bierly has announced that his Soda drinking sim, Soda Drinker Pro, will be making the leap from Mobile and PC to consoles. According to an interview that creator Bierly gave to Joystiq, the game will run at 60 FPS in 1080p on the Xbox One, as well utilize the Kinect camera controller and feature exclusively level. No word on pricing or availability (just "September"), but for those that enjoy the mobile version of the game, this may be the next logical step to chilling on your couch and utilizing your time.  If you aren't familiar with the game, check out the video below....

News Roundup - 04/10/2014

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