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Watch Dogs Review (XONE)

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Watch Dogs XONE boxFor a game about hacking, the actual hacking in Watch Dogs is remarkably dull. This is supposed to be the main thing that separates Watch Dogs from all of the other open world crime sandbox games, but there isn't really anything particularly compelling about pressing a single button to automatically hack everything. Instead, Watch Dogs is just another open world game instead of something special.  Watch Dogs is highly polished and looks great on Xbox One, so it is still worth playing, but it isn't the game changer Ubisoft promised and a lot of folks hoped it would be. Our full review has more.

Watch Dogs Review (XONE)

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Minecraft Coming to Xbox One August 2014

Thursday May 22, 2014

Microsoft, along with Mojang and 4J Studios, has finally announced that the Xbox One version of Minecraft will be released in August 2014. It will feature all of the updates from the Xbox 360 version along with bigger worlds and slightly better graphics. Check out all of the details, as well as info on upgrading from X360 to the XONE version, right here.

Minecraft Coming to Xbox One August 2014

Wolfenstein: The New Order Review (XONE)

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Wolfenstein: The New Order boxWolfenstein: The New Order is blast from the past as far as gameplay goes, but is rooted firmly in the modern day with next-gen worthy presentation. The writing isn't great, which hurts the otherwise neat alternate history storyline, but the fast paced and fun gameplay more than makes up for it. See our full review for more.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Review (XONE)

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Microsoft Announces $399 Xbox One and Live Gold Changes

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Microsoft made a couple of major announcements today in regard to Xbox One and Xbox Live Gold that should make gamers very happy.

First is the announcement that you'll soon be able to buy an Xbox One console without Kinect for $399. This is a dramatic shift in what the company was saying a year ago, but was a desperately needed move.

Xbox One With Kinect Coming June 9th

The second announcement was that entertainment apps such as ESPN, Netflix, Hulu, and dozens more will no longer be tethered to Xbox Live Gold. You'll be able to use them with Xbox Live Free (Silver). Also, Games With Gold is coming to Xbox One in June.

Entertainment Apps No Longer Tied To Xbox Live Gold

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Review (X360)

Monday May 12, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup boxThe biggest sporting event on the planet is set to kick off in Brazil in June, but you can live out your own World Cup fantasies with 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil for Xbox 360. Featuring all new presentation to give it that Brazilian feel, plenty of modes to keep you busy, and more accessible gameplay to ensure you have a good time, 2014 FIFA World Cup is a decent game all around. We had a lot of fun with it. Check out our review for more.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Review (X360)

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Child of Light Review (XONE)

Friday May 9, 2014

Child of Light boxMaybe I'm just a shallow person, but Child of Light's gorgeous visuals and fantastic music were enough to compel me to keep playing even if the rest of the experience failed to really draw me in. The story is hard to follow and you'll struggle to connect with the characters, and the gameplay takes several hours to fully kick into gear, but I kept trucking along because it was so darn aesthetically pleasing. Its a shame it doesn't play better and tell a better story. Find out all of the details here in our full Child of Light review.

Child of Light Review (XONE)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Game Review (XONE)

Tuesday May 6, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man 2 boxHot on the heels of the movie sequel no one really wanted is the game tie in even less people care about. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 videogame gets the most important thing right - web swinging is awesome - but missed the mark on everything else. Top that with the mysterious Xbox One version - which we review here -  that was supposedly cancelled and then released anyway  and you have a total mess of a release. See our review for more.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Game Review (XONE)

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Guide to the Best Godzilla and Giant Monster Videogames

Monday April 28, 2014

For a genre associated with awesome monsters, giant robots, and crazy destruction - all things gamers tend to love - Godzilla and the rest of the kaiju series haven't actually produced a lot of great videogames. There are some good ones for sure, but there have been a lot more misses than hits over the years. We take a look at the best of the best Godzilla and other giant monster videogames here to help you pick the best ones to scratch your kaiju destruction itch.

Guide to the Best Godzilla and Giant Monster Videogames

LEGO The Hobbit Review (XONE)

Friday April 25, 2014

LEGO The Hobbit boxWe're only six-months in and the Xbox One already has three LEGO games. That is kind of a lot. LEGO The Hobbit, much like the Peter Jackson films, is solid enough but oftentimes feels too artificially and unnecessarily stretched out, which makes playing through it kind of a drag. Toss in a bazillion characters and gameplay mechanics to keep track of, and LEGO The Hobbit starts to feel a bit like work instead of fun. The core LEGO game formula is still intact, but something just feels off with this release. Our full review has all of the details.

LEGO The Hobbit Review (XONE)

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Titanfall Xbox 360 vs. Xbox One Comparison

Thursday April 17, 2014

Titanfall 360 box

Titanfall may be the Xbox One poster child, but it is also available on Xbox 360 as well. The Xbox 360 version is arguably more important, truth be told, considering that the 360 has an exponentially higher install base. The good news is that the 360 version features all of the same content as the XONE version and performs pretty well out on the battlefield, but other aspects of the experience are a little lacking. See what we mean in our Titanfall Xbox 360 vs. Xbox One comparison.

Titanfall Xbox 360 vs. Xbox One Comparison

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