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Is “big” multiplayer no longer the future?

October 22, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Ed gets teary-eyed about good old-fashioned duels.

One of my favourite pieces of videogame writing is “Bow, Nigger”, an account of a fight with a noxious bigot in Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast multiplayer. Odds are you’ve read it or about it via Kieron Gillen’s much hailed, much derided New Games Journalism manifesto, which argues that writers should embrace the personal idiosyncrasies of their voyages within games, in order to create what’s effectively a mixture of travel journalism, drug fiction and “pub anecdotes with delusions of grandeur”.

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Enlist Now for the HaloFest Livestream, November 8-11

October 22, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

On Nov. 11, the next step in the Halo journey begins with the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo: Nightfall. In the days prior, Microsoft and 343 Industries invite fans to join the celebration as they broadcast special sneak peeks, interviews and exclusive gameplay to the world on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch – including the first look at the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta and the world premiere of the first episode of Halo: Nightfall.

HaloFest: A Celebration Fit for a Spartan
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Microsoft and 343 Industries’ tribute to longtime fans, the culmination of more than 13 years of storytelling, adventure and gameplay. For the first HaloFest, 343 built a living museum of Halo history, but this time, the history is encapsulated in its purest form, the Master Chief’s epic saga. So this year, in celebration of those memories and the future that lies ahead, Halo will take over the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles on Nov. 10, the day before Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives worldwide.

Fans all over the world are invited to join the festivities via a live broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch, beginning at 8 p.m. PT. Tune in to the HaloFest Livestream to see:

  • First look at Halo 5: Guardians. Fans will have a chance to experience the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta before its release on Dec. 29. An exhibition match between eSports pros will provide a first glimpse at the future of Halo multiplayer gameplay.
  • World premiere of Halo: Nightfall. The evolution of Halo storytelling continues with the debut of Halo: Nightfall. Watch the first episode of this original live-action digital series, which introduces Agent Locke – a pivotal new character in Halo 5: Guardians. Halo: Nightfall is the result of an unprecedented collaboration with industry talents like Ridley Scott and Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who worked hand-in-hand with 343 Industries to raise the bar for live-action storytelling in the Halo universe.
  • Interviews with 343 Industries and more. Hear from Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Executive Producer Dan Ayoub, Executive Producer Josh Holmes and others as they talk about the past, present and future of the Halo universe. Additionally, get the latest details on Halo: Nightfall directly from 343 Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill, the cast and production team, and hear from celebrity Halo fans walking the green carpet at the Avalon Theatre.
  • The global Halo Tournament. On Nov. 8-9, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational, presented by ESL, will feature 32 of the biggest names in eSports going toe-to-toe in Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer for $50,000 in prizes and the chance to be the first to play the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. The competition will take place at ESL’s Southern California headquarters, and all coverage will be streamed at Twitch.tv/Halo on Nov. 8-9, with additional highlights airing during the HaloFest live broadcast on Nov. 10.

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Another free Xbox One game arrives – Microsoft’s eight player Voice Commander

October 22, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Defend the Earth against neon wildlife.

In what I hope is the first in a series of sudden giveaways, Microsoft has released a free “fast-paced, space-themed, RTS and top-down shooter combo”, Voice Commander, on Xbox One. Thanks to Eurogamer for noticing.

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EA wins out over lawsuit about Battlefield 4’s buggy launch

October 22, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Proposed misstatements about the game’s quality are “inactionable”, rules judge.

Fancy a bit of light legal reading to help your lunch and/or breakfast go down? A US federal judge has just dismissed a proposed lawsuit about “materially false and misleading statements” allegedly issued by EA with regard to the launch-day quality of Battlefield 4.

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Xbox One owners to receive NBA Live 15 free for six hours

October 22, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

EA Access members get it earlier, though.

The only thing better than basketball is free basketball, and the only thing better than free basketball is basketball from the 23rd century, featuring players with telescopic prosthetic arms, and a ball that’s actually the head of that android guy from Aliens.

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Xbox One owners can play NBA Live 15 free for six hours

October 22, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

EA Access members get it earlier, though.

The only thing better than basketball is free basketball, and the only thing better than free basketball is basketball from the 23rd century, featuring players with telescopic prosthetic arms, and a ball that’s actually the head of that android guy from Aliens.

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Video: Don’t forget, Xbox One’s #IDARB is the only ballgame worth speaking of

October 22, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

How a rectangle became a game about clowns and explosions.

Some people look at featureless red blocks and see only featureless red blocks. This appears to have been true of Other Ocean, developers of ID@Xbox title #IDARB, which is why they asked Twitter at large to help flesh out the concept.

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Last look at Sunset Overdrive – gaudy stylings mask a complex game

October 22, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Joe goes hands-on with Insomniac’s open world raver in the run-up to our review.

Hidden depth is Sunset Overdrive’s strong suit. It’s a game that seems to revel in the surface level, from its neon skyscapes and pre-school colours jostling to dilate your pupils, to a stuffed weapon-select wheel – the most overpowered, unrealistic set of equipment since the final scene of Boogie Nights. And yet beneath lies a wavelike gut of systems – chewy chunks of interlocking customisation and skill play churning underneath that nu-rave attire.

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Xbox One’s new ESL app threatens to make you a pro-gamer

October 22, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Find, join and play matches without switching out to your desktop.

If you’ve always been tempted by eSports tourneys, but are well aware that you lack the dexterity and basic ruthlessness to participate, you should fear and dread the coming of Xbox One’s Electronic Sports League app. According to the blurb, eSports on consoles “has never been easier”, which is basically another way of saying that public humiliation has never been easier. Download at your peril, then.

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Five Reasons We're Excited for Fantasia: Music Evolved

October 21, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

One of the most enjoyable things about showing friends your Xbox One is giving them a look at something they’ve never seen before. Fantasia: Music Evolved is that never-before-seen thing. It’s a bright, colorful, musical, multiplayer, rhythm party game experience we’re really excited for. And here’s why:

It’s a unique Kinect experience.

Fantasia: Music Evolved is a completely new way to play a video game. Using the power of Kinect, players embody the character and spirit of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from the 1940 Disney classic Fantasia. Believe us when we say you’ve never experienced a game quite like this before.

The set list is freaking amazing.

Pop icons like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Lorde join up with indie sensations Fun, Kimbra, and The Flaming Lips… who meet up with classical gods Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Bach. And that only scratches the surface. If this game’s soundtrack was your phone’s playlist, you would have the best taste ever.

A new party game… finally!

It’s been a while since a new party game IP has come around, and we’re really excited about it. When it comes to music-based party games, Fantasia: Music Evolved developer Harmonix’s track record is flawless. They pretty much defined the genre, so it’s exciting to see a new game from this team.

Even the hub worlds are awesome.

The hub realms in Fantasia: Music Evolved are where the story happens. As you play more songs and explore new areas, you transform the hub realms from drab, lifeless zones into vibrant, music-filled environments. The art and color and music combine to make some incredible audio visual art onscreen.

As soon as you play it, you’ll get it.

We can keep telling you how awesome Fantasia: Music Evolved is, and we can even show you video of it – but because this game is so unique and tactile, you really have to play it to fully appreciate its beauty and depth. Four out of five rhythm game doctors recommend doing so as soon as possible.

Fantasia: Music Evolved hits Xbox One and Xbox 360 on October 21, just in time for any and all holiday parties you might have!

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