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Forza Horizon 3 Review

Forza Horizon 3 review: Racing toward perfection

Forza Horizon 3 review: Racing toward perfection

By on September 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

The best compliment that I can pay to Forza Horizon 3 is that I often forgot I wasn’t playing Forza Horizon 2. If you read my review for Horizon 2 back in 2014, you know that it was my favorite game of that year. Horizon 3 is a prettier, smoother, more expansive game from nearly every angle, but it doesn’t lose an iota of what made its predecessor that best open world racing game of all time.

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ReCore Review

ReCore review: The heart of the matter

ReCore review: The heart of the matter

By on September 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Jak and Daxter is one of my favorite game series of all time.

In fact, I’ve always been drawn to character-driven, 3D action platformers — the games that spawned from Super Mario 64 and its ilk. There’s something infinitely entertaining about running, jumping and gliding around a three-dimensional space when the laws of physics don’t apply quite like they’re supposed to.

This is why I had so much fun playing ReCore, a new Xbox One console exclusive platformer from Comcept. It’s also why I still haven’t given up on ReCore, despite the countless inexplicable design decisions and glaring technical flaws that threaten to derail the experience at nearly every turn.

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Xbox One S Review

Xbox One S review: Everything the Xbox One should have been, and more

Xbox One S review: Everything the Xbox One should have been, and more

By on September 2, 2016 at 11:50 AM.

As a consumer, I’ve never cared much about video game console redesigns. I had the boxy PlayStation 2 until I no longer had any use for a PlayStation 2. I still have an OG PlayStation 3 sitting in my entertainment center, complete with the backwards compatibility that the console lost post-revision.

It just never made any sense to me to buy a slimmer console that didn’t do anything that the box sitting in my living room couldn’t already do.

The Xbox One S is different. It’s a genuine upgrade.

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Titanfall 2 Preview

‘Titanfall 2’ could resuscitate a franchise that deserves another chance

‘Titanfall 2’ could resuscitate a franchise that deserves another chance

By on August 30, 2016 at 4:05 PM.

I hold to this day that Titanfall is the most dynamic, kinetic, entertaining and engaging first-person shooter of this generation. Unfortunately, we’ve become so accustomed to the carrot-on-a-stick multiplayer that Call of Duty and Battlefield have mastered that the lack of concrete rewards tainted Titanfall.

It didn’t matter that the game was fun — we wanted a single-player campaign, we wanted an addictive progression system and we didn’t get either. So within months, the player base had shrunk to a tiny fraction of its original size.

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Xbox One Cheapest Price

Microsoft slashes Xbox One to its lowest price ever

By on July 25, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Microsoft slashes Xbox One to its lowest price ever

I told you not to buy the Xbox One just a few weeks ago, when Microsoft announced a few interesting deals on its current model, making the console cheaper than ever. The reason was pretty simple. A better Xbox One version launches in early August — the Xbox One S — so you should hold on to your cash for that one. But Microsoft has done the unthinkable: it already reduced the price of the “old” Xbox One yet again. At $249, it’s cheaper than ever and it’s a very attractive option if you’re not looking to spend $399 on the Xbox One S. More →

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Xbox One vs Project Scorpio

Was Microsoft’s biggest E3 2016 announcement a huge mistake?

By on July 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Was Microsoft’s biggest E3 2016 announcement a huge mistake?

Having struggled to keep up with the PlayStation 4 for nearly three years, Microsoft knew it was going to have to bring the big guns to E3 2016. Rather than just announcing new games and peripherals, the company actually announced not one, but two (2!) new versions of the Xbox One console last month.

On paper, this sounds like a surefire way to reinvigorate a fan base. In reality, it might have unintentionally stalled Xbox One sales.

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Xbox One S Release Date Price

Xbox One S launches on August 2nd for $399

By on July 18, 2016 at 9:30 AM.

Xbox One S launches on August 2nd for $399

One of the most exciting (and least surprising) announcements at E3 2016 was that of the Xbox One S. After months of speculation, Microsoft finally unveiled a sleeker, slimmer model of its latest console, but the company wasn’t ready to share an exact release date quite yet. That all changed on Monday, when we finally learned when we’d be able to get our hands on the Xbox One S.

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Xbox Ultimate Game Sale 2016

All the best deals from Microsoft’s Xbox One Ultimate Game Sale

By on July 4, 2016 at 4:35 PM.

All the best deals from Microsoft’s Xbox One Ultimate Game Sale

If your bank account isn’t entirely depleted after the Steam summer sale, Microsoft’s Ultimate Game Sale might do the trick. Every summer, Microsoft discounts dozens of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for a week, striking up to 75% off of the price for some of the most popular games of the last two generations.

Although this year’s sale doesn’t begin until July 5th, Major Nelson announced the 250+ deals early on his website. We’ve collected the best of them below.

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Xbox Design Lab Review

Building controllers in the Xbox Design Lab is my new guilty pleasure

Building controllers in the Xbox Design Lab is my new guilty pleasure

By on July 1, 2016 at 5:17 PM.

I’m not typically one for customization.

When an RPG gives me the option to retool my character—his face, his size, his shape, the color of his nose hairs—I just hit the “randomize” button and take whatever the game spits out. It’s not that I don’t see the value in customization, it just doesn’t really do anything for me… which is why I was so surprised to find myself obsessed with the newly introduced Xbox Design Lab.

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Xbox One S vs Xbox One

Xbox One S vs. Xbox One: How does the new console stack up?

Xbox One S vs. Xbox One: How does the new console stack up?

By on June 16, 2016 at 3:02 PM.

The rumors were true — Microsoft has been working on a slim Xbox One. In fact, the reveal of the Xbox One S kicked off Microsoft’s press conference at E3 this year, cementing it as one of the company’s biggest announcements.

So we know it’s slimmer and we know it’s more powerful, but how exactly does the new Xbox One S differ from the original Xbox One?

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PlayStation vs. Xbox E3 2016

PlayStation vs. Xbox: Who won E3 2016?

PlayStation vs. Xbox: Who won E3 2016?

By on June 15, 2016 at 12:59 PM.

Every year, Sony and Microsoft attempt to top one another at E3. Every year, the gaming public inevitably begins arguing about who “won” the show, despite the fact that this is an inherently ridiculous exercise. E3 is the biggest marketing push in the industry — if you tuned in for both press conferences, they both won.

But as ridiculous as it may be, it’s still incredibly fun to pick a winner so that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Feel free to disagree wholeheartedly.

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Xbox One S Price Deals

The Xbox One is cheaper than ever, but you still shouldn’t buy it

By on June 15, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

The Xbox One is cheaper than ever, but you still shouldn’t buy it

If you haven’t bought a Xbox One yet, there’s really no point in doing so right now. Sure, it’s cheaper than it ever was – and practically a steal at $279, or $20 in savings compared to the previous discount. But you’d be better off waiting until August and pay $399 for the Xbox One S instead. More →

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