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News: Double Fine Unveils Head-swapping Platformer Headlander

Double Fine Unveils Head-swapping Platformer Headlander

Where's your head at?

Massive Chalice developer Double Fine has announced that their next game, Headlander, is a 2D platformer in the vein of Castlevania/Metroid games. The game has a retro-neon look that is pleasing to the eye and mixes up its puzzles with dual-stick shooting action. Where the game differs from the norm is that you actually play...

News: Phil Spencer Debunks Xbox One Mini Rumour

Phil Spencer Debunks Xbox One Mini Rumour

"Not real"

About a week ago we reported on a rumour that Microsoft is planning to hold a launch event in October where a slimmer, disc-less Xbox One console would be announced. Now, thanks to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, we can put this rumour to bed, as the man himself has said on Twitter that the Xbox One Mini is "not real." This doesn't...

Review: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)

Changed like a remix and raised like a Fenix

Back in 2006, the original Gears of War was one of the first games to really showcase what the Xbox 360 was capable of, both in terms of technical prowess and cinematic delivery. With an engrossing campaign – which could be played locally with a friend – and a thrilling online multiplayer offering,...

News: Cross-Play and Cross-Buy Are Two Very Different Things

Cross-Play and Cross-Buy Are Two Very Different Things

1 Cross-Buy doesn't equal 2 copies.

Microsoft continues to merge the two of worlds of Xbox One and Windows 10 and with it comes a new flood of terms for gamers to get their heads around. The latest is "cross-buy" which some are getting mixed up with "cross-play." Now, the concept of "cross-play" is something Microsoft experimented with back in 2007...

Review: Rare Replay (Xbox One)

Rare Replay (Xbox One)

From Rare with love

To celebrate its 30th year as a developer, Rare has crammed 30 of its games into a single package for just $30. Not only does that make for a brilliantly-coordinated promotion, it also makes for a value almost unheard of for a new release. Instead of breaking down each individual game in this collection, which would push us well...

Gamescom 2015: First Scalebound Footage Rears Its Head, Release Window Announced

First Scalebound Footage Rears Its Head, Release Window Announced

4-player co-op confirmed

With hardly a drip of new information since its first unveiling at E3 2014, Microsoft and PlatinumGames finally pulled the curtain off of Scalebound yesterday with a thrilling six minute gameplay demo that involved huge dragons, giant crabs, and...uh, dubstep? First gameplay impressions defines Scalebound as an action-RPG...

Gamescom 2015: New UI Targeting September for Preview Program Members, Full Launch in November

New UI Targeting September for Preview Program Members, Full Launch in November

Windows 10 inbound!

Mike Ybarra (Director of Program Management for Xbox) took to the stage at Gamescom 2015 during Microsoft's Press Conference to announce that the Xbox One's new Windows 10 powered UI would be coming to the console in November. Since stepping off the stage, Ybarra has taken to Twitter and rolled out a few more details. Many Xbox...

Gamescom 2015: Halo Wars 2 coming to Xbox One

Halo Wars 2 coming to Xbox One

One more thing

E3 has for a long time had the tradition of company execs coming out on stage to make one last special announcement and this year, Gamescom followed suit. Microsoft's Head of Games Phil Spencer came out towards the end of the company's Gamescom presentation to reiterate the stellar line up of titles coming this year, as well as the...

News: Rare Replay Installation is One of the Largest On Xbox One

Rare Replay Installation is One of the Largest On Xbox One

Take a look at the game select screen

Whether you're planning on owning the disc or digital copy, Rare Replay -- a collection of 30 classic Rare games -- is going to take up approximately 50GB of your precious Xbox One memory to install each game. Based off of information from the Xbox website, Rare Replay needs 11.26GB to install every game that...

News: Obsidian Was Working On An Xbox One Launch Title...Before It Got Cancelled

Obsidian Was Working On An Xbox One Launch Title...Before It Got Cancelled

Kickstarter helps keep company alive

Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth developer, Obsidian, was working alongside Microsoft on an exclusive Xbox One launch title in 2012 before it was unexpectedly cancelled. According to Kotaku, it was called Stormlands and it was to be a "big-budget role-playing game" for Microsoft's new Xbox...

News: Microsoft Confirms Gamescom 2015 Conference for August 4th

Microsoft Confirms Gamescom 2015 Conference for August 4th

Come see the details

Microsoft has locked in its Xbox Gamescom briefing for Tuesday, August 4th at 10:00a ET/7:00a PT, where exclusive titles like Scalebound, Crackdown, and Quantum Break will make new appearances after being absent from E3 this year. Interested fans can watch the conference on their Xbox One or Xbox 360 consoles, Xbox.com, or...

E3 2015: Rise of the Tomb Raider Uncovers November Release Date

Rise of the Tomb Raider Uncovers November Release Date

Going head-to-head with Fallout 4

Rise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to Lara Croft's 2013 reboot, will release on November 10th for Xbox One. It is unclear if the Xbox 360 version will also be released on that day. Crystal Dynamics revealed the release date immediately after the world premiere footage at Microsoft's E3 stage. November 10th just so...

E3 2015: The New Xbox One Elite Controller Improves Upon Greatness

The New Xbox One Elite Controller Improves Upon Greatness

For the elite gamer

Considered to be one of the bigger surprises today, Microsoft revealed a brand new Xbox One controller at its E3 conference. It's called the The Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller and it was described by Phil Spencer as being "an elite controller for the elite gamer." The current Xbox One controller is pretty much perfect, but...

E3 2015: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Is Official and It's Coming Soon

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Is Official and It's Coming Soon

Get in on the open beta today

Developer The Coalition -- formerly Black Tusk Studios -- hit the E3 stage today to confirm the existence of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, a remastered version of the 2006 Xbox 360 hit. A week-long open beta for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will begin today for players to jump in and experience the multiplayer mode...

Talking Point: How Can Microsoft Ensure Its E3 Media Briefing Is a Success?

How Can Microsoft Ensure Its E3 Media Briefing Is a Success?

pX gon' give E3 strategies to ya

Ever since Phil Spencer took over as head of the Xbox division, we get the sense that Microsoft has been doing everything it possibly can to turn the Xbox One into the best console it can be. The good news is, the breadth of these efforts are starting to pay off: In April, the Xbox One outsold the PlayStation 4 in...

News: Halo 5: Guardians to Receive New Maps Post-Launch...For Free

Halo 5: Guardians to Receive New Maps Post-Launch...For Free

No reason to separate the community

For most first-person shooters these days, it isn't uncommon for them to receive new downloadable multiplayer maps after launch. In order to play these new maps, gamers will need to shell out the cash for them -- usually through a season pass or individual purchase. For Halo 5: Guardians, 343 Studios will break...