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April 16th 2014, 1:16 am PT

Trials Fusion Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Trials FusionContent: Trials Fusion

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Welcome to the next generation of Trials! With its glimmering vision of what our future holds were technology and nature to co-exist, combined with today’s most exciting and popular motorsport, Trials Fusion has retained and enhanced the essential features from its best-selling, critically acclaimed predecessors, Trials Evolution and Trials HD. A magnificent fusion of the proven, no-frills Trials formula based on ultra-addictive competition with the cutting edge of graphics and social networking.

Trials Fusion is also available for Xbox 360.
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I spent some time with Trials Fusion this weekend at PAX East, where Creative Director and co-founder of RedLynx Antti Ilvessuo walked me through some of what’s new in this latest Trials title (hint: there’s a lot).

The new look and feel is apparent from the title screen, which is simplified to just two main options: Ride and Create. “The first game (Trials HD) was in a warehouse, next (Trials Evolution) was outdoors,” Ilvessuo explained. “This will be the first experience in a new game, and it won’t look like an Evolution level. Everything will be shiny and new.”

The way Fusion treats your progress is also quite different, which you’ll notice in the post-race screen. Everything you do on the track: career, multiplayer, everything is represented by a total experience level for each track across every mode. You also now have a overal XP level, which supplements the returning, all-important leaderboards. Now you know who has spent the most time on tracks, putting in work to post a fantastic time on a course.

Everything in between the main menu and the post-race is the pure, awesome physics-based gameplay that has made the Trials games so fun. “The great thing about physics is you don’t know how it will end until you land,” said Ilvessuo.

This fact is never more apparent than in the new FMX mode, which has players gunning for high scores by pulling risky tricks and successfully landing Tony Hawk-style; you only bank the points if you don’t crash. You’ll have the opportunity to plot out devastating combos in FMX Training, a kind of zero-gravity safe zone where you can toy with the moveset, free of the fear of crashing.

The realistic physics engine means wipeouts are still incredibly fun to watch, and I’d expect Upload Studio to be filled with painful-looking blooper reels in short order.

There’s a lot more “new” in Trials Fusion: 40 new levels, including many aimed at the hardcore audience, more character customization options, unique – and sometimes bizarre – challenges for each track, and a 4-wheeler that handles completely differently than the bikes you’re accustomed to.

RedLynx apparently has much more in the works. “The whole idea of Trials is what we call the ‘Minecraft Model’ you buy it once, and you get all the upcoming features for free,” Ilvessuo told me. “You buy the game, you’re buying a ticket. We know what we want to do one year in advance, we’re planning two years in advance. We’re planning online tournaments, teams, and then online multiplayer. Huge stuff is coming.” (Ubisoft clarified that while they will be offering players many upcoming features for free, this does not preclude paid DLC for new tracks and editor mode assets)

So why “Fusion”? “Fusion is the greatest power in the universe,” said Ilvessuo. “Evolution was second.”

Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox One

April 15th 2014, 8:01 am PT

Xbox 360 Games on Demand: EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Content: EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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Dash Text: Experience all the Fun, Excitement, and Drama of Football’s Greatest Event. Multiple improvements and innovations to the award-winning gameplay of FIFA 14, plus 100 new animations, make EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil the most accessible, fun, and exciting EA SPORTS FIFA title on Xbox 360. Bring to life the world’s greatest tournament by choosing from 203 National Teams in the deepest set of modes ever in a tournament title from EA SPORTS.Immerse yourself in the FIFA World Cup as you play in authentic Brazilian stadiums, and recognize the support of newly rendered crowds created to replicate the passion and pageantry of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

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Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand

April 15th 2014, 5:01 am PT

Xbox 360 Spring Sale and This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s Gotham-themed games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 21 April 2014.

        

The following Xbox Live Spring Sale offers are valid for everyone on Xbox Live now through 21 April 2014. 

        

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Assassin’s Creed IV Season Pass Add-On 33%
Assassin’s Creed IV Add-ons Add-On (x11) 33%
Saints Row IV Add-ons Add-On (x24) 66%
Dead Island Add-ons Add-On (x2) 75%
Dishonored Add-ons Add-On (x4) 75%
F1 2013 Add-ons Add-On (x3) 50%
Borderlands 2 Games on Demand 65%
Borderlands 2 Add-ons Add-On (x44) 50%
Armored Core Verdict Day Add-ons Add-On (x53) 75%
Skyrim Add-ons Add-On (x3) 75%
Fallout 3 Add-ons Add-On (x5) 75%
Tropico 4 Add-ons Add-On (x12) 50%
Fallout: New Vegas Add-ons Add-On (x6) 75%
The Walking Dead Season 1 chapters Add-On (x5) 50%
Wolf Among Us Ep2: Smoke and Mirrors Add-On 50%
Pinball FX 2 tables  Add-On (x31) 50%
Toy Soldiers add-ons Add-On (x2) 67%
PAC-MAN  CE DX Arcade 50%
PAC-MAN  CE DX Add-ons Add-On (x9) 50%
Lego Marvel Super Heroes Games on Demand 33%
Assassin’s Creed Liberation Arcade 33%
Prototype 2 Games on Demand 75%
Thief: The Bank Heist Add-On 50%
State of Decay: Breakdown Add-On 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand

April 14th 2014, 6:00 pm PT

New Xbox One System Update Begins Rolling Out Tonight

Tonight, we will begin rolling out the next Xbox One system update. Again, I’d like to thank all of the Xbox Live members who previewed features with us and shared some of their feedback. Their input helped shape this system update, and we look forward to expanding our list of previewing Xbox Live members in the coming months.

Here’s the final breakdown of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting tonight and over the next few days:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.
Friends Notifications

Thanks again for everyone’s feedback on particular features previewed these past few months and keep the feedback coming.

System Update, Xbox One

April 13th 2014, 7:19 am PT

PAX East 2014 Podcast Panel

The audio from our PAX East 2014 Podcast Panel

Host: Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)

Co-host : e (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)

Podcast

April 10th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Learn More about New Head of Xbox Phil Spencer

Last week, Microsoft named Phil Spencer our new Head of Xbox, and I spoke with him about his vision of the future. While this is a new role for Phil, he’s actually been with Microsoft since 1988. I recently chatted with him about what he’s accomplished over the past 26 years: which roles he’s held at Xbox, which titles he’s worked on, and who he’s worked with.

I hope you’ve enjoyed gaining some insight into what’s important to the Head of Xbox, what types of games he plays, and his favorite game he’s worked on.

Industry

April 9th 2014, 11:06 am PT

Arcade: R.B.I. Baseball 14

R.B.I. Baseball 14Content: R.B.I. Baseball 14
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Dash Text: Simple. Fun. Classic. The retro baseball gameplay you’ve been craving is back and updated with modern graphics, 2014 players and all 30 MLB teams. Play season, postseason and exhibition mode. Experience PURE FUN that everyone can enjoy solo or with a friend!

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Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360

April 8th 2014, 6:10 am PT

LEGO The Hobbit Now Available on Xbox One

LEGO The HobbitContent: LEGO The Hobbit

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The interactive game of LEGO The Hobbit allows gamers to play along with their favorite scenes from the films, and follows the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the Wizard Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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