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June 24th 2014, 6:30 am PT

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Now Available on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Transformers: Rise of the Dark SparkContent: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark

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Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is also available for Xbox 360.
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June 24th 2014 at 6:30 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 28 comments

June 24th 2014, 5:01 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 30 June 2014 unless otherwise indicated.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Ryse Xbox One Game 17%
Ryse Season Pass Add-on 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Diablo III Games on Demand 50%
Payday 2 Games on Demand 63%
Fable II Games on Demand 75%
Fable III Games on Demand 75%
Fable Heroes Arcade 66%
Fable Anniversary DLC
Fable Armoured Weapons and Outfits Pack Add-on 40%
Fable Creature Weapons and Outfits Pack Add-on 40%
Fable Villain’s Weapons and Outfits Pack Add-on 40%
Fable Hero’s Weapons and Outfits Pack Add-on 40%
Fable Pirate Weapon and Outfit Pack Add-on 67%
Fable Ranger Weapon and Outfit Pack Add-on 67%
LEGO The Hobbit Games on Demand 40%
The LEGO Movie Videogame Games on Demand 33%
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Games on Demand 50%
LEGO Batman Games on Demand 70%
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Games on Demand 60%
LEGO The Lord of the Rings Games on Demand 65%
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Games on Demand 75%
FIFA World Cup Brazil (begins 26 June) Games on Demand 35%
SEGA Sale
Vanquish Games on Demand 60%
Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed Games on Demand 50%
Condemned Games on Demand 75%
Virtua Fighter 5 Games on Demand 75%
Sonic Generations Games on Demand 75%
Anarchy Reigns Games on Demand 75%
Virtua Tennis 4 Games on Demand 75%
Viking Games on Demand 67%
Alpha Protocol Games on Demand 67%
Castle of Illusion Arcade 50%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Arcade 50%
Hell Yeah! Arcade 67%
The Cave Arcade 50%
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Arcade 75%
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 Arcade 50%
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 Arcade 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
The LEGO and SEGA deals listed above valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.
FIFA World Cup Brazil sale begins 26 June 2014.

Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.






June 24th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 353 comments

June 18th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Arcade: Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs AttackContent: Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
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Game DescriptionA puzzle-platformer of cataclysmic proportions, starring an ornery blob with an insatiable appetite. Begin the game a tiny captive carnivore, finish a city-devouring giant. Gain freakish new abilities including magnetism, telekinesis, and rocket power. Platforming has never been this viscous, nor this various. 24 expansive single player campaign levels, PLUS top-down bonus stages. Consume everything, regret nothing!

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More on Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack from the developers:

Hello from DrinkBox Studios!

We’re very happy to announce that our breakout hit, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, is out now for the Xbox 360. Do you like puzzles? Do you like platforming? Do you like to absorb objects while you do both of those things? Even if you only answered yes to one of those things, hear us out.

Mutant Blobs Attack is a puzzle-munchy-platformer about exacting revenge on the human race by eating the world around you to grow larger, larger and larger.

You start out the size of a penny, absorbing tiny objects to increase in size, allowing you to see the levels around you at different scales, and be able to interact with objects that earlier were too large for you to move. Most importantly you’ll experience the joys of eating boots, humans, cows, and space cows.

  

In addition to consuming all of existence, you will also gain some pretty unique blob powers such as Magnetism, and Telekinesis. Attach yourself to any metal object in the environment to zoom around inverted, or use your blob brain to control objects from a distance.

How much will it cost you to have what might be the greatest experience of your life? As of today you can now purchase Mutant Blobs Attack for $7.99. Also, be sure to give us some blob love on Twitter @DrinkBoxStudios.





June 18th 2014 at 6:00 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 29 comments

June 17th 2014, 5:01 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 23 June 2014 unless otherwise indicated.

Xbox One

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Tomb Raider Xbox One Game 40% 50%
Strider Xbox One Game 50%
Killer Instinct: Sabrewolf* Add-on 80%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
*This deal is valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Bully Games on Demand 75%
LA Noire Games on Demand 75%
Midnight Club LA Games on Demand 75%
Max Payne 3 Games on Demand 75%
Red Dead Redemption Games on Demand 75%
Max Payne 3 – R* Pass Add-on 75%
Deadfall Adventures Games on Demand 80%
Saints Row: The Third - Season Pass* Add-on 50%
Saints Row: The Third - Online Pass* Add-on 50%
Saints Row IV Season Pass* Add-on 60%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
*This deal is valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

June 17th 2014 at 5:01 am | Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 336 comments

June 3rd 2014, 11:09 am PT

Murdered: Soul Suspect Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Murdered: Soul SuspectContent: Murdered: Soul Suspect

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The hardest murder to solve is your own. A dark, supernatural detective thriller with a unique gameplay twist: solving your own murder from the afterlife. Ronan O’Connor, a detective with the Salem police, has his life brought to a brutal end by a masked killer. Caught in the purgatorial world of Dusk he must combine his investigative skills with powerful supernatural abilities to uncover the shocking link between his own death and a series of killings terrifying the town of Salem.

Murdered: Soul Suspect is also available for Xbox 360.
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June 3rd 2014 at 11:09 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox One | 21 comments

June 3rd 2014, 5:01 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 9 June 2014 unless otherwise indicated.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
NBA 2K14 Xbox One Game 33%
Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One Game 17%
Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition Xbox One Game 20%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. These Xbox One deals are valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Ghosts Games on Demand 33%
Far Cry Classic Arcade 67%
Far Cry Blood Dragon Arcade 67%
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Arcade 67%
Rayman Legends Games on Demand 60%
Smurfs 2 Games on Demand 67%
Storm Arcade 50%
Skydrift Arcade 50%
Invincible Tiger Arcade 66%
Saints Row IV Games on Demand 60%
NBA 2K14 Games on Demand 50%
NBA 2K14: Platinum Jewelry add-on 50%
NBA 2K14: Blue Diamond Jewelry add-on 50%
NBA 2K14: Gold Jewelry add-on 50%
NBA 2K14: Spanish Commentary add-on 50%

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

June 3rd 2014 at 5:01 am | Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store | 213 comments

May 30th 2014, 7:31 am PT

State of Decay: Lifeline (DLC) Now Available for Xbox 360

State of Decay LifelineContent: State of Decay: Lifeline (DLC)

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State of Decay: Lifeline puts you into the boots of Greyhound One, a military unit sent into a zombie-infested city to rescue the team of scientists who can put an end to the outbreak.

Lifeline features a new map, new characters, and a new way to play: Defend your base against hordes of zombies, using the best military equipment and personnel your unit can scrape together.  The fate of the city is in your hands. How many people can you save?

Add State of Decay: Lifeline to your Xbox 360 download queue






May 30th 2014 at 7:31 am | Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 8 comments

May 29th 2014, 10:18 am PT

First Details on Call of Duty: Ghosts Invasion

Today, Activision and Infinity Ward are offering the first look at Invasion, the third DLC Pack available for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Invasion features four Multiplayer maps and the next installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative, Awakening. Have a look at the trailer:

Here’s more on those new Multiplayer maps:

DEPARTED – Set in a rural Mexican town amidst the Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) celebration, this medium-sized map features a classic three-lane design. The decorative streets, back alleys, and festive cemetery have plenty of cover for run-and-gunners, but still features some long-range engagements.

If you complete the map’s unique Field Order, you will unlock the Death Mariachi killstreak. Armed with dual wielding pistols, the Death Mariachi rampages through the map, turning your kills into your own squad mates. Celebrate the dead, just try not to become one of them!

PHARAOH – In an abandoned archeological site of an ancient Egyptian palace, where the pyramids create a formidable backdrop, this medium sized, complex multi-level map includes a collapsing monument, urns full of flesh-eating scarabs, and other surprises.

Within the Egyptian palace, you will battle through different chambers, a throne room, and temples ideal for close-quarters combat and short-range weapons, all under the watchful eye of Anubis, the half-jackal/half-human, protector of the dead. The more adventurous of you will be handsomely rewarded by exploring the deepest secrets of the site.

MUTINY – In a secretive cove on a remote Caribbean island, this mysterious inlet is not your ideal holiday destination. Harboring an eerie pirate hideout – complete with abandoned trading posts and prison cells – you’ll need to focus on speed and stealth as you find your way through the narrow and intertwining pathways.

Mutiny comes packed with many “treasures” for you to discover, such as the map’s unique killstreak – an escort of ghostly pirates who will happily send your foes down to Davy Jones’ Locker.

FAVELA – Favela is a refreshed version of the fan-favorite Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 map of the same name. Years later, the favela has seen substantial cosmetic changes – buildings once under-construction are now complete, while others have not aged as gracefully as others with the passage of time, and are now in a state of disrepair.

With narrow passageways, multiple housing complexes, and abandoned storefronts, there is also plenty of opportunity for shorter range weapons as you navigate this Brazilian shantytown.

Extinction continues its storyline with Episode 3: Awakening. Descend into an alien underworld and strike at the mysterious puppet-masters behind the Cryptid invasion. Three new Cryptid species await players, along with some familiar enemies and allies.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Invasion arrives first on Xbox – next Tuesday, June 3rd.






May 29th 2014 at 10:18 am | COD, Game Add-on, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 33 comments

May 27th 2014, 6:13 am PT

WATCH_DOGS Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

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In today’s hyper-connected world, Chicago has the country’s most advanced computer system – one which controls almost every piece of city technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents. You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker but also a former thug, whose criminal past lead to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you’ll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you while manipulating the city’s systems to stop traffic lights, download personal information, turn off the electrical grid and more. Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge. In a world led by technology, hacking is our weapon!

WATCH_DOGS is also available for Xbox 360.
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May 27th 2014 at 6:13 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 230 comments

May 27th 2014, 5:01 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 2 June 2014. Please note FIFA 14 and Killer Instinct deals that began last week are also still valid.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Earth Defense Force 2025 Games on Demand 33%
Star Trek Games on Demand 67%
Aliens: Colonial Marines Games on Demand 75%
Alien Hominid HD Arcade 50%
Lost Planet 3 Games on Demand 66%
Aliens vs. Predator Games on Demand 68%
Alien Breed Episode 1 Arcade 50%
Alien Breed 2: Assault Arcade 50%
Alien Breed 3: Descent Arcade 50%

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

May 27th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 99 comments

May 21st 2014, 5:30 am PT

Arcade: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Peggle 2Content: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
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Dash Text: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a cinematic adventure filled with action-packed platforming and creative puzzle-solving. Armed with only a Magic Marker, Max must confront evil at every turn in a hostile and fantastical world in order to save his kid brother, Felix. Join Max on his great adventure!

Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue






May 21st 2014 at 5:30 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 11 comments

May 20th 2014, 5:01 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 26 May 2014 unless otherwise indicated.

Xbox One

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Killer Instinct Ultra Edition (already own Combo Breaker)* add-on 50%
Killer Instinct Ultra Edition (don’t own Combo Breaker)* add-on 12%
FIFA 14* Xbox One game 40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. These Xbox One deals are valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Ridge Racer Unbounded Games on Demand 75%
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Games on Demand 66%
Tales of Vesperia Games on Demand 50%
Soul Calibur V Games on Demand 66%
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Advanced Edition Games on Demand 66%
Soul Calibur II HD Arcade 50%
Enslaved Games on Demand 66%
Armored Core – Verdict Day Games on Demand 66%
Eternal Sonata Games on Demand 66%
Beautiful Katamari Games on Demand 66%
Power Rangers Super Samurai Games on Demand 50%
FIFA 14* Games on Demand 40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
*FIFA 14 and Killer Instinct discounts are valid now through 2 June 2014.






May 20th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 176 comments

May 14th 2014, 7:46 am PT

Super Time Force Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

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Super Time Force is an action-packed platformer with a time-travelling twist! You’re in control of time itself, bending and stretching it to your advantage on the battlefield. Rewind time and choose when to jump back into the action, teaming-up with your past selves in a unique single-player co-op experience! Take control of up to 16 unique characters, and battle across 6 different time periods, from the long-ago past to the far-away future.

Super Time Force is also available for Xbox 360.
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May 14th 2014 at 7:46 am | Arcade, ID@Xbox, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 93 comments

May 14th 2014, 7:27 am PT

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 3 Now Available

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 3Content: The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 3 – In Harm’s Way
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Dash Text: Captured, bloody and beaten; Clementine and her group learn what it’s like to live under the heel of a leader whose intelligence is rivaled only by his propensity for brutal violence. With escape being a priority, Clem is forced to make hard-hitting decisions in this episode. If you own The Walking Dead: Season Two – Season Pass, DO NOT purchase this content here as you will be charged again. The Walking Dead: Season 2, Ep. 1 – All That Remains required; sold separately.

Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue






May 14th 2014 at 7:27 am | Arcade, Demo, Game Add-on, Marketplace | 24 comments

May 13th 2014, 5:01 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 19 May 2014.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Xbox One game 25%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. This Xbox One deal is valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Dead Island Games on Demand 50%
Dead Island Riptide Games on Demand 60%
Black Ops II Season Pass Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Nuketown Zombies Add-On 50%
Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone Arcade 66%
Plants vs Zombies Arcade 75%
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Games on Demand 33%
State of Decay Arcade 50%
Read Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection Add-On 75%
How to Survive Arcade 50%
Zombie Driver Arcade 75%

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

Xbox 360 Square Enix Publisher Sale

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Thief Games on Demand 25%
Thief – Booster Pack: Ghost Add-On 33%
Thief – Booster Pack: Predator Add-On 33%
Thief – Booster Pack: Opportunist Add-On 33%
Thief – The Bank Heist Add-On 33%
Thief- The Forsaken - Challenge Map Add-On 33%
Tomb Raider Games on Demand 55%
Tomb Raider Adventure Pack Unlock Add-On 50%
Tomb Raider Online Survival Pack Unlock Add-On 50%
Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack Add-On 50%
Shipwrecked Multiplayer Map Pack Add-On 50%
1939 Multiplayer Map Pack Add-On 50%
Lighting Returns:  Final Fantasy XIII Games on Demand 50%
FF LEGENDS Collection Add-On 50%
The Samurai Collection Add-On 50%
The Premium Collection Add-On 50%
Hitman: Blood Money Games on Demand 67%
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Games on Demand 67%
Battlestation Pacific Games on Demand 80%
Just Cause 2 Games on Demand 67%
Dungeon Siege III Games on Demand 75%
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Games on Demand 75%
Quantum Conundrum Arcade 67%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. These publisher deals are valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

May 13th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 79 comments

May 8th 2014, 3:55 pm PT

Games on Demand: Bound by Flame Now Available for Xbox 360

Bound by FlameContent: Bound by Flame

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Dash Text: In a desperate world ravaged by seven Ice Lords and their Deadarmy, you are Vulcan, a mercenary possessed by a flame demon. In this RPG where all your choices lead to consequences, you will have to choose between unleashing the powers of the demon within, and rejecting the demonic influence that wants to claim your humanity. Freely develop your skills and combat style through three skill trees: swing the heavy weapons of the Fighter, wield the sneaky dual daggers of the Ranger, or use the devastating flame spells of the Pyromancer. Recruit companions who will live, love, hate and fight alongside you against the dreadful creatures of Vertiel, in spectacular and tactical real-time combat. The bigger the danger, the greater the temptation to draw on the demon’s power at the cost of your soul… which way will YOU choose?

Add Bound by Flame to your Xbox 360 download queue






May 8th 2014 at 3:55 pm | Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 62 comments

May 7th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Arcade: Peggle 2

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Dash Text: Everything is better with Peggle! Catch the fever now on Xbox 360 with Peggle 2, where you’ll master over 120 new levels and trials in the sequel to one of the most engaging puzzle-action games of all time. Unleash amazing magic powers as you learn from Peggle Master Bjorn, and 4 all-new masters like the dark and mysterious Luna, while you shoot balls at colorful, challenging boards of pegs to reach Extreme Fever. But there’s more! Unlocked costumes allow you to dress up the various masters for laughs and for multiplayer fun. And try four-player Peg Party mode or two-player Duel mode, which let you deploy your Peggle skills to the utmost against friends and family. 

Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue






May 7th 2014 at 6:00 am | Arcade, Demo, Marketplace | 34 comments

May 6th 2014, 6:15 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 12 May 2014.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack Add-On 25%

 

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Fable Anniversary Games on Demand 25%
Pool Nation Arcade 80%
Scourge: Outbreak Arcade 75%
Fez Arcade 60%
Sacred Citadel Arcade 75%
Sacred Citadel – Jungle Hunt Add-On 75%
Transformers War for Cybertron Games on Demand 75%
Transformers Fall of Cybertron Games on Demand 75%

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






May 6th 2014 at 6:15 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 138 comments

April 30th 2014, 6:49 am PT

Child of Light Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Child of LightContent: Child of Light

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The Black Queen has stolen the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. You play as Aurora, a young princess with a pure heart whose soul is brought to the kingdom of Lemuria. Embark on a quest to recapture the three sources of light, defeat the Black Queen and restore the kingdom of Lemuria.

Child of Light is also available for Xbox 360.
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The UBIart framework has powered some of the finest 2D visuals in all of gaming, as demonstrated in Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. What happens when a team sets out to make a JRPG using this engine? The result is the unique Child of Light, now available on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Working on the Assassin’s Creed series, Child of Light writer Jeffrey Yohalem became enamored with the blurring of history and fiction. “There’s a place in Austria that I saw that was very magical, in a place called Carniola now,” Yohalem told me during a hands-on demonstration at PAX East. “I wanted to create a fairy tale that talked about how that place came to be.” This tale centers on young Aurora’s quest to reach her father, the duke, in the days leading up to the Easter Earthquake of 1895.

While the location and timing of the story have roots in reality, the UBIart-enhanced visuals present a rather surreal view of the tale. Everything flows as if underwater: Aurora’s hair floats around her in a manner reminiscent of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Yohalem confirmed the influence), flying fish actually flit through a forest.

Child of Light’s character animation truly is a sight to behold. I marveled at the way Aurora loses her crown when she takes a hit, scrambling to retrieve it and place it back on her head. Even turning about-face during platforming segments is lavishly rendered. When I pointed this out to Yohalem, he informed me that one of the lead animators helped bring Assassins Altair and Ezio to life, as well as the Prince in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

With a European setting, two dimensional platforming, and a birthplace in the West, why is Yohalem calling Child of Light a JRPG?

“For me [JRPG is] a rule set,” Yohalem explained. “If you said we’re going to take RISK and make a game based on that, it doesn’t have to look like it. For us it’s a rule set that happens to have been made by the Japanese. Also the art is inspired by Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy’s original concept artist), at least on a loose level. We feel like this is a set of rules that hasn’t been used in a long time. We took that rule set and applied that to a very different type of experience”

Despite the distinctly different look, Child of Light’s includes a number of clear JRPG elements. Battle revolves around a timing mechanic similar to classic Final Fantasy’s classic Active Time Battle system. Your characters level up, and the game’s skill tree even reminded me of Final Fantasy XII’s License Board. Oh, and it’s not easy – your tactics will be tested in Child of
Light. I’m not ashamed to say I was wiped out during the demo… and that’s a good thing.







April 30th 2014 at 6:49 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 76 comments

April 29th 2014, 6:30 am PT

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

The Amazing Spider-Man 2Content: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 takes place outside the events of the 2nd film in a unique story where Spider-Man discovers a larger threat to NYC that has turned the underworld upside down. Villains from the film and classic Marvel characters are woven together in a twisted web of adrenaline-fueled, web-slinging action that puts players on a collision course with an evil far beyond Spider-Man’s reckoning.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is also available for Xbox 360.
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April 29th 2014 at 6:30 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 84 comments

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