Activision Unveils Skylanders Trap Team, Release Date Oct. 5

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Activision struck first in the "toys to life" genre, creating with Skylanders game both a cottage industry and an innovative way for parents to spend quality time gaming with their kids. With news imminent about the next Disney Infinity, Activision once again drew first blood, unveiling today a totally new direction for the toys-to-life scene: Skylanders Trap Team. Last fall Skylanders Swap Force captivated my household (parents and kids alike) with its ability to mix and match figures. Between that innovation and great level design, Swap … [Read more...]

Batman Arkham Origins Cold, Cold Heart DLC Trailer

Batman Arkham Origins

If you've ever wanted to learn more about the tragic back story of Mr. Freeze, take a look at the new Batman Arkham Origins Cold, Cold Heart DLC. The content, which Warner Bros. Interactive just launched on both Xbox 360 and PS3, tells just that story. Set on New Year's Eve, "Cold, Cold Heart" sheds light on the beginnings of Mr. Freeze's journey to villainy. As they play through the new Batman Arkham Origins DLC, gamers will discover how Mr. Freeze earned his place as one of Gotham City's greatest villains. Cold, Cold Heart is … [Read more...]

Warface Xbox 360 Edition Now Available on Xbox Live

Ryse: Son of Rome

The team at Crytek seems to have a thing for Microsoft's consoles as of late. Today the developer launched Warface Xbox 360 Edition, an action shooter that's in line with their FPS heritage. Six months ago, the company launched the Xbox One-exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome (shown above) as a first-party title from Microsoft. Ryse was quite a different game for Crytek, with a heavy emphasis on quick-time events (QTE) and deliberate combat that felt similar to the gun-reloading minigame in Gears of War. Click this link to read our full Ryse: Son of … [Read more...]

New Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare DLC has Free Maps

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If you haven't had a chance to nab it, the latest round of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare DLC is not only free but a ton of fun. Called Zomboss Down, the new DLC pack features the new Cactus Canyon Gardens and Graveyards Map, eight new playable characters, more than 200 customization items and new challenges. For Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners who have been playing Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for a while, the Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare DLC also increases the Level Cap for each character from 20 to 30. In Zomboss Down the … [Read more...]

Netflix Price Increase? Xbox One Could Change the Game

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Millions of streaming TV and movie buffs groaned this week when the Netflix price increase was announced. The logic is sound: increase prices $1 to $2 per month to help underwrite the creation of new exclusive content. Hey, who doesn't want the next House of Cards? But while millions of Netflix users bemoaned the price hike, a huge opportunity presented itself for Microsoft -- presuming the company's really serious about the Xbox One as an all-in-one entertainment device. Netflix currently costs U.S. streaming subscribers $7.99 per month, a … [Read more...]

Xbox One Sales Hit 5 Million Mark, Still Trail PS4 by 40%

Xbox One Console

Microsoft finally broke its silence regarding Xbox One sales results, with the news being an "eye of the beholder" kind of thing. By the end of March Xbox One sales hit the 5 million mark worldwide, according to Microsoft. That's a significant jump since Microsoft's previous report of 3 million consoles sold. However, that previous report had come at the end of 2013. In addition, the 5 million Xbox One sales info was accompanied by a nuanced phrase that many people aren't familiar with. When divulging the latest data, Microsoft said "more … [Read more...]

Project Totem Xbox One Co-Op Puzzle Platformer on the Way

Max: Curse of Brotherhood

The development team behind one of my favorite Xbox One games, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, is at it again. Fresh off a great console debut, the company's now working on Project Totem, a co-op puzzle platformer that will release exclusively on Xbox One. Project Totem is a playful platforming game in which cooperative players control two totem pole heads with a single controller. According to the game's creators, the concept came from brothers Asger Strandby (Game Director) and Bo Strandby (Lead Designer), who wanted to put a distinctive … [Read more...]

Soda Drinker Pro Xbox One Version to Release this Year

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Normally "FPS" in gaming parlance stands for "first-person shooter." An indie game slated to release later this year hopes to change that perception, as a Soda Drinker Pro Xbox One version is coming via the ID@Xbox program. Soda Drinker Pro is one of the oddest ideas we've heard in some time for a game. Sure, Mt. Dew and Xbox consoles go hand in hand, but to see Soda Drinker Pro -- billed as "the world’s most advanced FPS (First Person Soda) drinking simulation -- coming to Xbox One is just plain weird. Soda Drinker Pro will be available … [Read more...]

Blue Estate Comics Becoming a PS4, Xbox One Rail Shooter

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The rail-shooter game genre, which came to fame in the arcades, will soon find a home on the next-gen consoles as well. Focus Home Interactive has announced it's working on a new PS4 rail shooter and Xbox One rail shooter based on the Blue Estate comics. The Blue Estate game is billed as a "darkly funny rail shooter" based on the Blue Estate comic books from Viktor Kalvachev. Gamers play as Tony Luciano, the homicidal maniac son of LA crime boss Don Luciano, and Clarence, a broke ex-navy SEAL hired to clean up Tony's mess. While Tony wages … [Read more...]

Secret Ponchos for PS4 Set to Mosey onto PC Too

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The Spaghetti Western Secret Ponchos made a high-profile PS4 debut at Sony's E3 2013 press conference, one of a dozen more more games that showcased Sony's care for the indie community. Now it looks like the Secret Ponchos PS4 release date is going to be shared with Windows PC devices as well. Yep, I reckon you heard that right. Secret Ponchos, an arena-style multiplayer combat game, will mosey onto both the PS4 and PC later this year. There's no word yet on the Secret Ponchos release date, but a Secret Ponchos beta is scheduled for this … [Read more...]