Category: Gaming

Microsoft Studios – Current projects list (September 2015)

Gamescom 2015 Edition

First-party studios:

  • 343 Industries – Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One) / Halo: The Master Chief Collection updates (Xbox One) / Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One/PC)
  • Big Park – Entertainment and sports apps (Xbox One)
  • Decisive Games – Unannounced strategy game
  • [Fun]ction Studios – Hololens development
  • Good Science Studio – Hololens development
  • Lift London – Hololens development
  • Lionhead Studios – Fable Legends (Xbox One/PC) / New IP
  • LXP – Hololens development
  • Mojang – Minecraft (PC/Mobile/Hololens) / Cobalt (Xbox One/Xbox 360/PC)
  • Press Play – New project choices
  • Rare –  Sea of Thieves (Xbox One/PC) / RareReplay (Xbox One)
  • Team Dakota – Project Spark (Xbox One/PC)
  • The Coalition – Gears of War 4 (Xbox One) / Gears of War Ultimate Edition (Xbox One/PC)
  • Twisted Pixel – “AAA” game
  • Turn10 – Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One)

Second party studios (publishing relationships or contract work): (more…)

My Winter 2015 Gaming Line-up

Incase anyone was wondering what I will be buying this holiday:

Dishonored Definitive Edition 

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I liked Dishonored a lot when I played it on Xbox 360 and Dishonored 2 is a game I am highly anticipating, I have some concerns over the quality of this remaster but i’ve not had a chance to play it yet. I hope it is better than i’ve heard and Bethesda didn’t sell this great game short.

Unfortunately when I played it originally I just killed everything so I got the lame ending, I will do my best to do better this time!

Gears of War Ultimate Edition

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Blues and Bullets Review [Episode 1]

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Spanish developer A Crowd of Monsters releases their second Xbox One title (also available on PC) following the release of Funk of Titans back in January and the two couldn’t be anymore different. Moving away from the bright light-hearted tone of Funk of Titans is the complete polar opposite Blues and Bullets, an episodic noir fiction style investigation game about a retired police officer who runs a diner being dragged out of retirement to investigate the case of a missing child.

For this review as its episodic I’ll give an overview of the gameplay mechanics based on the first episode which I doubt will change much then talk about each specific episode as they release, without spoilers! When a new episode releases I’ll update this post.

The first thing you’ll notice is the distinctive look which is based on classic American comics and noir fiction and it looks great with splashes of red and other colours too. It’s an impressively styled game that I think was a very good choice and represents this dark and corrupt city of Santa Esperanza you’re getting into very well. When I call it a dark and corrupt city [no spoilers], in Episode 1 this becomes clear quite quickly with what to expect from the game going forwards. (more…)

Gears is back! Gears of War Ultimate Edition releasing next week

 

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Next week sees the return of a franchise that is one of my favourites: Gears of War. Its been almost 2 and a half years since Gears of War Judgment and now the franchise owned by Microsoft and developed by The Coalition (Ultimate Edition with Splash Damage) is releasing on Xbox One August 25th in North America and August 28th in EMEA regions.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition takes the blockbuster original and gives it a new coat of paint with an all new art and graphical style, boost up to 1080 and 60 frames per second multiplayer (30 fps campaign) on Xbox One.

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MS Gamescom 2015 Predictions Review

 

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Following the conclusion of Gamescom 2015 its time to review my predictions for the show, it wasn’t just about the conference so anything else Xbox showed or announced at the Daily Shows or some other capacity will be including in this. Generally I think I did pretty well really:

  • Quantum Break = March 2016 release date, Alan Wake Remastered pre-order bonus available in 2015
    • April release date. No Alan Wake Remastered
  • Scalebound has 4 player co-op, Spring 2016 release date
    • 4 player co-op, holiday 16
  • Crackdown gameplay demo, cloud tech destruction detailed, Holiday 2016
    • Yep, yep and nope, the game is scheduled for Summer 2016
  • Halo 5 LE console, Fifa 16, Tomb Raider and Fallout 4 bundles
    • Halo 5 and Fifa 16 bundles
  • New Halo 5 trailer featuring Master Chief + TR, Forza 6 trailers
    • Trailers for all, although not a Master Chief one
  • Brand new Halo game announced, not made by 343 Industries, begins in 2016
    • Halo Wars 2 made by Creative Assembly, 2016
  • Halo Spartan Strike (finally) announced for Xbox consoles
    • Nope
  • Halo MCC PC port announced
    • Nope

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Mini-Reviews #3: Screamride, Kalimba, Rayman Legends

Screamride (Xbox One)

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Developed by Frontier developments who made Xbox One launch title Zoo Tycoon, Screamride is a fun game about rollercoasters, riding them, building them and destroying them with impressive physics and destruction mechanics I had a lot of fun with.

The campaign has 3 modes to it: screamrider, destruction and builder with different goals on each level with 6 “series” each of which have multiple levels within them for each gameplay type. I feel like it suffered a bit between being a premium digital title and low-cost retail game but whatever it was it’s certainly fun. (more…)

Submerged Review

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Submerged is a third-person combat-free exploration game set in a mysterious open world flooded city, made by Australian studio Uppercut Games, whose earlier work included the Bioshock franchise for 2k and the Epoch franchise on mobile. You control a girl called Miku, who has brought her injured brother to the city with the hope of patching him up and leaving for pastures new.

You arrive in a small fishing boat which you explore the city by sailing around in, collecting rudder upgrades, hidden objects, landmarks, wildlife and for the story progression, supply drops which are around hotel roofs, collecting these will help you get your brother back to full health. (more…)

Microsoft Studios – Current projects list (August 2015 – Gamescom)

Gamescom 2015 Edition

First-party studios:

  • 343 Industries – Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One) / Halo: The Master Chief Collection updates (Xbox One) / Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One/PC)
  • Big Park – Entertainment and sports apps (Xbox One)
  • Decisive Games – Unannounced strategy game
  • [Fun]ction Studios – Hololens development
  • Good Science Studio – Hololens development
  • Lift London – Hololens development
  • Lionhead Studios – Fable Legends (Xbox One/PC) / New IP
  • LXP – Hololens development
  • Mojang – Minecraft (PC/Mobile/Hololens) / Cobalt (Xbox One/Xbox 360/PC)
  • Press Play – Unannounced new project
  • Rare –  Sea of Thieves (Xbox One/PC) / RareReplay (Xbox One)
  • Team Dakota – Project Spark (Xbox One/PC)
  • The Coalition – Gears of War 4 (Xbox One) / Gears of War Ultimate Edition (Xbox One/PC)
  • Twisted Pixel – “AAA” game
  • Turn10 – Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One)

Second party studios (publishing relationships or contract work): (more…)

Microsoft’s Gamescom 2015 Predictions

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Microsoft’s Gamescom 2015 conference is less than two weeks away, here are my predictions for that and all of Xbox’s other things going on such as Xbox Daily:

I’ll start by detailing what we know will not be present at Gamescom and work from there (per Phil Spencer):

  • Sea of Thieves [Too soon after E3]
  • ReCore [Too soon after E3]
  • Gears of War [Franchise doesn’t release in Germany]
  • Phantom Dust [No developer]

With that in mind, here are my predictions: (more…)

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review (Playstation 4)

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Made by developer “The Astronauts” formerly of People Can Fly (Bulletstorm), The Vanishing of Ethan Carter prides itself on no hand holding, tutorials or action segments instead focusing on first-person exploration with a horror vibe, super natural elements and puzzle solving on occasion.

The protagonist is detective Paul Prospero who has come to Red Creek Valley after being summoned by a kid called Ethan Carter to investigate the strange going ons in the area. Paul has super natural abilities, as he finds clues and evidence he is able to visualise what happened in the form of flashbacks.

These flashbacks are triggered by finding certain events, very early on you find a train carriage, a persons legs and soon after a body by investing the carriage you find an item is missing and a vision appears that gives you an idea of where the item is. Once you find and return the item it to where it should be and moved the train, going over to the dead body and interacting with it will spawn some memories which you have to organise in the correct chronological order, once you’ve done that the scene will play and show you what happened.

A flashback

A flashback

Alongside the exploration this puzzle solving is a core part of the game that’s fun and interesting, it promotes exploring and once you get going in the game and know what you’re doing it flowed well between sections. (more…)

Xbox Uncut Episode 104: Big VIP Edition

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Episode 104 of Xvox Podcast with Dustin, Jason, Vern, Tim and Me!

Discussion topics:

  • Letters
  • PES 2016 is 1080p
  • Tomb Raider
  • World of Tanks
  • Gamescom

and more! (more…)

Hype: The Swindle (31st July)

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UK Studio Size Five Games in collaboration with Curve Studios are releasing The Swindle next week on a variety of platforms! The game looks pretty interesting and I look forward to checking it out soon

“The Swindle is a steampunk cybercrime caper about breaking into buildings, hacking their systems, stealing all their cash, and quickly running away again before the police show up.

All the buildings you’ll be robbing are randomly-generated, so you’ll never get the same level twice.

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Gears of War 4 E3 Demo thoughts

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At E3 2015 Microsoft and The Coalition lifted the lid on Gears of War 4 with a live gameplay demo by studio head Rod Fergusson.

The important take out for me was moving away from their traditional teaser trailers to announce games with and do a gameplay demo on-stage which I think was good move. People told Microsoft they wanted less CGI trailers after Crackdown, Scalebound and Phantom Dust at last years E3 so they showed gameplay and then people complain about what they see when it’s quite early, hilarious.

Black Tusk Studios as they were known when they took over the Gears of War franchise back in January 2014 have worked hard on the game and at E3 represented 17 months worth of development time (if the demo was finished in June) and if it launches in November 2016, it will have another 17 months left in development, so whichever way you look at it we’re pretty much dead on the halfway stage in development, The Coalition have also been working with Splash Damage on Gears of War Ultimate Edition which launches next month. (more…)

Xbox Uncut Podcast Episode 103: DP Delight

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Episode 103 of Xvox Podcast with Dustin, , Jason, Vern, Tim and Me!

Discussion topics:

  • Letters
  • Dead Island 2
  • Games With Gold
  • Halo
  • Gearbox
  • Scalebound

and more! (more…)

Ratings Boards #4: More games coming to Xbox One

Round 4 of my compilation of newest games rated by PEGI (EU), USK (Germany) and ESRB (US)

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

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“Legend foretold it. Prophecies predicted it. Chosen ones chose to believe in it. Now the adventure saga continues. A sequel is coming. Join Wilbur, Ivo, Nate and Critter in another classic point-and-click adventure in the wicked world of Aventásia. Help them fulfill their destiny. A destiny as yet unwritten.”

  • Developer/Publisher: King Art Games/Nordic Games
  • Rated: PEGI
  • Visit: Website – Steam

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