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.
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The latest Trials game welcomes us to the future of endlessly crashing motorcycles with a sci-fi setting and some new features. The core of the game is still the rock solid puzzle platforming we all know and love, of course, but RedLynx tried some new things with ATV levels and a trick system. These new additions weren't entirely successful, but the rest of the game is just as awesome as ever, so we forgive them. We played Trials Fusion on both Xbox One and Xbox 360 and have impressions of both versions here in our full review.
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Once upon a time, there nearly wasn't a new baseball game for Xbox systems in 2014. Then Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced the return of the classic RBI Baseball franchise, and there was much rejoicing. And then we actually played RBI Baseball 14 for XBLA, and were kinda bummed out. It plays just like the oldschool RBI games, but the ugly presentation and bare bones feature set leave a lot to be desired at the $20 asking price. See our full RBI Baseball 14 review for all of the details.
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Can you believe it has been more than a decade since the last Rogue Squadron game and considerably longer than that since the last Colony Wars? Space combat games are awesome, yet no one wants to make them for consoles anymore. Thankfully there are developers like Born Ready Games and programs like ID@Xbox that can bring awesome space combat to Xbox One. Strike Suit Zero: Directors Cut is a gorgeous looking, great playing space combat sim that no fan of the genre should ignore. See more details in our review.
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I have been cautiously optimistic about Kinect ever since it was known as Project Natal. It had some ups and downs and undeniable issues on the Xbox 360, but I had a mostly good time with it and assumed that the kinks would finally get fully worked out with the new version on Xbox One. That hasn't really happened yet, though, and Kinect on Xbox One is pretty much the same experience as it was on Xbox 360. There are now four Kinect games on Xbox One, including the brand new Kinect Sports Rivals, but none of them really offer an improved experience over their Xbox 360 counterparts. Kinect Sports Rivals was supposed to be the game that showed off Kinect and justified it being a pack-in with Xbox One, but instead it is just more of the same, which means it is okay when it works, but still janky and not as much fun as it should be. Our full Kinect Sports Rivals review has more.
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Welcome to Cabela's Big Game Hunter: Pro Hunts. A fantastic world where you stomp around the woods like a one-man band, the animals are actually louder than you are, and giant clouds of fart gas are visible from outer space. As a hunting game it isn't so bad, but it does a lot of weird "videogame-y" things that clash with pushes for realism elsewhere. See all of the details here in our full review.
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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes may just be an appetizer for the real Metal Gear Solid V, but that doesn't mean it isn't still a great game that no MGS fan should miss. Sure there is only one area to explore, but with six different missions, tons of hidden stuff, and the fantastic replay value the series is known for, this so-called "$30 demo" has more gameplay packed into it than a lot of full priced games. Plus, it looks awesome and is the best playing MGS game yet. See our full review for more.
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Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will be launching in 26 more countries in September 2014. The wait may be long, but the result will be a better system experience out of the box (thanks to the updates for friends, chat, Twitch streaming, battery indicator, hard drive management, etc. that have trickled out to us original launch folks but should be implemented from the start for the rest of the world) and a huge lineup of great games right out of the gate.
More details will be given at a local level for each of the 26 countries as launch approaches.
Dark Souls II is a game that consumes you. You think about it all day. You can't sleep at night. The only thing going through your mind is what you're going to try to do next, the correct pattern through a level full of enemies, what you'll level up, items you need to buy, and your sense of dread at that boss door you were too scared to actually go through. Hardcore fans might not like some concessions made to make it more accessible (it is fraction less than soul crushingly difficult this time around), but I loved all of the changes and consider Dark Souls II the best one yet. See all of the details in my full Dark Souls II review.
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