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News Roundup - 04/01/2014

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News Roundup - 03/31/2014

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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.  

News Roundup - 03/25/2014

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Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC delayed on the PC

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I hope you weren't interested in playing the newest Battlefield 4 DLC, Naval Strike on the PC because you're going to have to wait a bit. The DLC has been delayed without word on when it will be released.

Naval Strike introduces four new maps and an emphasis on sea battles. Premium members were suppose to get access to it today. Unless you are playing on the console though, you won't be trying out the new maps, weapons, or vehicles that come with the DLC.

No word on what is causing the delay other than it's an issue they found with the DLC. I'm going to guess that this bug is bigger than the normal ones they let through and try to patch up later on. Because we know, anytime DICE releases an update or a DLC, the inevitable number of bugs comes along with it.

News Roundup - 03/24/2014

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New realm and artists revealed for Fantasia: Music Evolved

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Disney Interactive and Harmonix have recently revealed some new additions to their upcoming game Fantasia: Music Evolved.  Some of the artists that will allow you to remix some of their hottest songs are David Bowie, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, and the White Stripes.  As for the new realm, players will be able to check out The Hollow, a mysterious forest environment where you can perform songs and create your own melodies to bring the world to life.  Also announced was a two-player option where players can play cooperatively and as part of a friendly competition and allow them to engage with classic hits in an entirely new way.



The Xbox One can be had for $399.99 from Amazon -Update Gone-

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Don't know how long this will last, but if you enter in the code XIAMAZON when you purchase an Xbox One from Amazon, it brings the price down to $399.99. Yup, that's $400 or the same price as the PlayStation 4.

The Standard Edition does come with Forza so you'll get a decent game to play with it. At that price though, it's hard press to pass it up if you're still on the fence. The console's getting some good updates and you can get into all the fun that everyone is having on Titanfall with this and the purchase of the game. 

-Update Looks like a pricing error was the cause and it's back to $450. If you got in on the deal, good for you!

Weekend News Roundup - 03/23/2014

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Because it's there: Far Cry 4 rumored to be set in the mighty Himalayas

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For me, Far Cry 3 set the standard for open-world first person shooters and was far and away my favorite game of 2012. A big reason for that was its South Pacific islands and jungle setting - the second time the series has been set on and around a tropical island.  Between those we got the African savanna.  For Far Cry 4, if the now widely-reported rumors are to be believed, the Yeti will be far more at home than Jason Brody because the rumored location for Far Cry 4 is the Himalayan mountain range.

It makes perfect sense since it's another remote and sometimes war-torn region of the world replete with it's own native myths and legends.

It also has elephants.  The rumors go on to state that elephants will be rideable.  Not exactly what I'd call "fast-travel" but it is maybe "awesome-travel."  

I just have one word for Ubisoft: Yeti.  I love those stories and legends that revolve around Bigfoot and the Yeti and if Ubisoft doesn't give us at least one Yeti encounter - even one brought on by the liberal use of ingested "chemicals" - I will be very disappointed.  

Right now, the word is that Far Cry 4 will be released during the first half of next year for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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First look at Assassin's Creed Unity

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The next game in the Assassin's Creed series, Assassin's Creed Unity has been in development for three years now and today, Ubisoft is letting folks see an early alpha of the game. The footage is rather short, but gives you a nice view of the environment and the new assassin.

The background is the French Revolution and the game is set for release this year on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The footage does look pretty nice and I'm sure we'll hear more about the game very soon. E3 would be a ripe time to talk about it, I think.

For a very limited time, $450 for the Xbox One Titanfall bundle at Walmart

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Are you still waiting to pick up an Xbox One? Today might be a good day for you. Right now, Walmart has $50 off the Xbox One Titanfall bundle so it comes out to $450. Word is that it will last a few days, or perhaps when the inventory runs out.

That's the console and one of the top games on the Xbox One with a nice little bit of savings. Normally, the console itself sells for $499. At $50 off, ($110 if you count the price of Titanfall), this deal is sure to go by quick. Who knows how long it'll last. 

Geralt is back in The Witcher: House of Glass

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Exciting news, right?  Geralt of Rivia is one of the most interesting and unique characters in gaming today.  That probably stems from his previous existence as a book character in The Witcher novels that actually existed before the games.  

There's one catch thought, and that is reading.  You see, The Witcher: House of Glass is another entry into Dark Horse Comics's ever-expanding pantheon of graphic novel accompaniments to popular videogame series. You can read about it here.  You can also find it on iTunes and Google Play using their respective apps (iTunes, Google Play).  

The Witcher: House of Glass is out now.  For more details, follow the jump.  Also make sure you check out the first four panels of The Witcher: House of Glass included beneath the trailer. 


News Roundup - 03/20/2014

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News Roundup - 03/19/2014

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Reports: EA will publish Respawn Entertainment's next game, which will probably be Titanfall 2

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With the success of Titanfall on the Xbox One and PC, and soon to be Xbox 360, it sounds like EA will be the one to publish the sequel to the game.

Reports from both Polygon and Gamespot peg EA as the publisher for Titanfall 2. Gamespot does say that they don't know if the game will go multi-platform, but sources for Polygon say that the second game won't be a Xbox and PC exclusive this time around.

Of course, the thought of seeing Titanfall 2 is a long ways away, so while this news is probably expected, it will be a pretty long time before we start to even get a glimmer of the second game. For now, enjoy the first one and the upcoming DLCs that will expand the game even more.

Newest Battlefield 4 DLC coming to Premium members on March 25th

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I've still been logging a lot of Battlefield 4 time lately and even though the game still has more than it's share of bugs I have to admit that I'm a bit tempted to pick a premium membership as the new Naval Strike DLC looks pretty cool.

The new goodness will be available on March 25th, two weeks before the plebs without premium get it and it features the new Carrier assault mode to the mix.  If you played Battlefield 2142 this will be familiar to you as it's an "homage" to that game in that each team has a carrier that they must protect while working to destroy the other teams carrier.  The DICE folks have put up a blog post with more details if you want them.

In addition to the new mode you'll get four maps to play it on, five new weapons, two new gadgets, a new vehicle, and at least one or two more annoying bugs that will have to be fixed in an upcoming patch.  

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood coming to Xbox 360 and PC

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood originally a launch title for the Xbox One, will be releasing on Xbox 360 and PC on April 9 and 15 respectively. Our own Nathan Carter gave the game a 65, citing it's great puzzles and gameplay, but bland other workings. The game features Max, set out to save his brother Felix with a Magic Marker. The game will cost $14.99 on both the 360 and on Steam. 


News Roundup - 03/18/2014

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