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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...

2K Games is heading to PAX and is bringing Big Guns, Big Monsters and Big News

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PAX East kicks off tomorrow and 2K games will be there giving everyone some hands on time with Evolve and the first look at the newest Borderlands game Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. 

Here is a rundown of their events running this weekend. 

  • Firaxis Games Mega Panel announcing next big AAA Firaxis game – Saturday at 11:30am in the DragonFly Theatre
  • Hands-on time with Evolve
  • Hands-off presentation of the just-announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • PAX-exclusive Borderlands Loot Pass Sweepstakes
  • Inside Gearbox Software Panel – Sunday at 10:30am in the Main Theatre

Booth Evolve and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available to pre-order at the booth and if you do pre-order you will receive a PAX exclusive Evolve Beanie and/or a PAX Borderlands exclusive t-shirt. 

A community party will also be held Saturday night by Gearbox and Firaxis games. It is invitation only and is 21+ only as well. Be sure to head by the 2K games booth to learn how to score an invite to the event. 

Be sure to check out their official blog post for all the details on the fun happenings this weekend. 


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We hit the airwaves this morning with CD102.5 in Columbus and Baltimore, Ohio to talk about both LEGO The Hobbit and Kinect Sports Rivals. In case you missed the segment this morning, you can check it out below:

News Roundup - 04/09/2014

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This week is all about pressure... on Microsoft that is! It’s a given that the new LEGO The Hobbit game will entertain fans of Tolken’s classic franchise and gamers alike, but how will both a new generation of the Kinect Sports franchise and a last-gen version of Titanfall fare with fans? I can speak from personal experience that Kinect Sports Rivals is an admirable addition to the franchise, despite some speedbumps along the way. AS for Titanfall, we shall have to wait and see...

This week’s lineup:


News Roundup - 04/07/2014

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Preview of the next Xbox One update that some folks already have

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Microsoft has put out details on the next update for the Xbox One and what it will improve. Some people have it now and are offering feedback, but Microsoft has gone public with what the update will entail.

Blu-ray gets 50Hz support and will have some other app updates coming to it.

For controllers, there will be another update that improves wireless connectivity and reduce some audio static noise that can come through an attached headset.

One nice convenience feature added is that you won't have to power on the Xbox One after an update anymore if your system is set to Instant On. It will do it on its own. Also, if you want to manually initiate the update when one's available, a menu option will be there for you to do so.

It's nice to see Microsoft continue to improve on the Xbox One experience so let's hope these updates continue at a regular pace.

Weekend News Roundup - 04/04/2014

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Why isn't Starr Mazer a real thing? Somebody make it a real thing!

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Starr Mazer is not a real game and that makes me sad and you should be sad, too. This video was put together by the snazzy folks at Imagos Films. This trailer—for a non-product—has some good bullet hell action, sure, but the cutscenes and point-and-click adventure elements really sew things together.

It was actually developed as an in-movie commercial for indie film maker Don Thacker's Motivational Growth. I would play the heck out of some Starr Mazer, though.

Alien: Isolation sounds really scary

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If you don't think sound is a major (major!) component to horror games, then you shouldn't (should not!) be making horror games. But thank our lucky stars, The Creative Assembly knows. And they're putting that knowledge into Alien: Isolation. Authenticity is their drive, and access to the original audio recordings from the 1979 movie is a big contributor to that chase.

A full orchestra. Minor key tonalities. Boots stomping fruit husks. Good stuff.

Alien: Isolation will be making people pee their pants on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7.


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Major Nelson confirms on Reddit that Xbox One external storage coming “soon”

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Sometimes, the best place to find news nuggets are in interviews and out of the way comments from industry insiders. Yesterday, Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) passed along one of those nuggets on Reddit while answering some questions on the Xbox One. In response to a question from user LordShesho about word on external storage, Larry confirmed that it was “coming soon”, but he had to check on media support. When other users asked a few more questions to Larry on limits and details, Larry responded “When I have details on that, I’ll let you know.”

So it looks like one of the biggest fears/complaints about the Xbox One may soon be null and void, depending on the details of how much and what type of external storage the Xbox One will support.

New Elder Scrolls Online trailer

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Check out the new The Elder Scrolls Online trailer 'The Siege' below, with over 5 minutes of cinematic battle. If this doesn't get you hyped for the game, then I don't know what will. 


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We're gonna need a bigger boat in Battlefield 4

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There were rumors that a Megalodon was hiding around in Battlefield 4. Well, it was a rumor til recently. With the release of Naval Strike DLC, the enormous shark is now a reality.

In the video below, you can see the giant shark come out of the water and lay waste to everyone in the water. It looks mighty impressive jumping out of the water. Now, we'll have to see if you can take out the Jaws wannabe.

Thanks Kotaku.

News Roundup - 04/03/2014

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Thursday means it is time to check in with Joe Jewett down in the Brewery District to run down this week's biggest releases. We had to rush through things a bit today in order to cram in all three games that I wanted to talk about: MLB 14 The show, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Goat Simulator.

News Roundup - 04/02/2014

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Phil Spencer is now the head of the Xbox division

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There's a new sheriff in the town of Xbox and his name is Phil Spencer. Today he was named the head of the Xbox division and will report to Terry Myerson. This position was available when Mark Whitten left for Sonos not too long ago.

Phil's been with Microsoft for a long time now on various projects including being the corporate VP of Microsoft Studios. From the sounds of it, the new head of Microsoft is looking to Phil to align all the various pieces of the Xbox business, which is a pretty daunting task.

Congratulations to Phil on his new role.

Alien: Isolation gets a release date

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SEGA has officially announced the release date for their upcoming survival horror shooter Alien: Isolation. The game will be released globally for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 7th. The game's developer Creative Assembly wants the game to feel more like the Alien movies than previous games have, where the player actually fears the Xenomorphs rather than just constantly facing them in head to head combat.  

I avoided Aliens: Colonial Marines after hearing all of the negative press around that game, but I enjoy survival horror games from time to time. If there isn't much else out around the time Isolation releases maybe I will check it out. 

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News Roundup - 03/27/2014

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Game modes revealed for FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

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The World Cup is right around the corner.  We know the group stage and what countries are paired up, and FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 will allow players to enjoy every bit of it in game form.  Ten game modes in total will be available for players to choose from, which are highlighted in the video below.  Included in these game modes will be the enjoyment of playing in all of the stadiums in Brazil, regardless of whether they are actually finished in time for the real tournament.  Take some time out and check out the video to see what this special football title brings to the table!

 

Fulgore, arcade mode and online lobbies coming to Killer Instinct on April 9th.

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The good news? Fulgore will finally be making his debut in the new Killer Instinct very soon. The bad news? Unfortunately he is going to be delayed by a few weeks. Originally scheduled for a March release, it seems that the big update for Killer Instinct will be pushed back until April 9th. To me this is understandable as this update will be the biggest to date for Killer instinct and will include Fulgore, his new stage, Arcade Mode, and 8 player online lobbies. 

Also this will be the final piece of content created for the game by Double Helix as they will be handing over the game to Dive Kick developers Iron Galaxy. We got a bunch of awesome content by Double Helix for the first season of the game so I am very interested to see what Iron Galaxy can bring to the table when more content comes to the game next year.

One final note. Whomever put this trailer together deserves an award as Fulgore attacking Orchid to the beat of the music is absolutely amazing. Hey, there is an idea for a new kind of fighting game. Someone patent that before it's too late! 

Check out Fulgore's trailer below courtesy of Maximillian Dood on Youtube. 

News Roundup - 03/26/2014

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Start your day off right with seven new screenshots from Batman:Arkham Knight

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So far Batman:Arkham Knight is looking pretty good so far and the seven new screenshots that were released today are definitely going to start getting fans of the series pumped up for the games release later this year.

The new screenshots include more pictures of Batman as well as a few renders of Arkham Knight, a new entry into Batman's rogue gallery.  They also include a new picture of the Batmobile which will be drivable for the first time in the franchise.