Five Reasons Destiny Has Already Won Game of the Year

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PlayStation owners have been clamoring for a Bungie-made game for more than a decade. The developer of Micorosoft's Halo series, Bungie has been seen as a one-trick pony for quite some time. That stereotype will soon be proven wrong, and PlayStation owners will be able to debunk it themselves, when the Destiny release date rolls around on Sept. 9. The hype for Destiny is running at a clip that even a years-old franchise would love to have. Having concluded a successful beta and negotiated a sweet glacier white PS4 … [Read more...]

Xbox Games with Gold September 2014 Free Games

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With the calendar flipped to September, we now know the Xbox Games with Gold September 2014 free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Unfortunately for Xbox One fans, Microsoft has only made available one new free game in September. Xbox 360 fans get two free games. That's not to say Xbox One owners only get one free game total. Following suit from a couple of months ago, Xbox One owners get one "holdover" game and one new one. The chances that Xbox One owners have already downloaded the holdover are pretty high, … [Read more...]

Contrast Game Review

Contrast Game

It's tempting for a Contrast game review to focus on shadows as a gameplay mechanic, but the references throughout the puzzle platformer go far deeper than that. From its plot and characters to its level design, Contrast uses the difference between light and shadow -- and between upstanding and shadowy people -- to immerse players in a story unlike any platformer to date. That its gameplay is so original would be mere gravy if it weren't such an asset to the finished product. Contrast was one of the first indie games … [Read more...]

Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition Review

Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition

Zombie slaying comes in many forms, though largely tied to guns and melee combat. One of the most uniquely gratifying methods didn't really come into its own until Dead Rising 3: death by automobile. Careening through the streets smashing into the undead was one of the most visceral, enjoyable and novel gifts Dead Rising 3 gave to Xbox One owners. And it was one of the reasons I was most excited to test Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition. Cruising around town careening into zombies is one of the most enjoyable parts of … [Read more...]

Destiny Xbox One Pre-Loading Goes Live with Odd East Coast Launch

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If the wait for Destiny seems unbearable, Xbox One owners may not want to know that they can download the game starting now. Activision today enabled Destiny Xbox One pre-loading for those who order the game digitally from the Xbox Store. There are a couple of nuances worth noting, one of which is odd. The Destiny release date isn't until Sept. 9, so although Destiny Xbox One pre-loading is available now, you won't be able to play the game until midnight. That's understandable. However, that release date timing is … [Read more...]

Full Forza Horizon 2 Achievements List Revealed

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One of the most addicting parts of an Xbox platform, whether Xbox 360 or Xbox One, is trying to unlock Achievements. Microsoft today took the wraps off the Forza Horizon 2 Achievements list for Xbox One. The open-world racing game is just one month from its Sept. 30 release date. The Forza Horizon 2 Achievements list is diverse in more ways than one. For starters, it underscores just how much there is to do in the game. From single-player to multiplayer options, Forza Horizon 2 looks to have even more to do than the … [Read more...]

The Walking Dead Pinball Table to Release Aug. 26

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Zen Studios will release The Walking Dead pinball table on August 26. The table will be based on the game of the same name by Telltale Games and The Walking Dead franchise by Robert Kirkman. The Walking Dead pinball table will launch August 26 on a variety of platforms. And by "variety," we mean just about every console and handheld platform available. They include Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii U, iOS, Android and Amazon. Zen Studios, creator of the table, has collaborated … [Read more...]

Dragons in Destiny? Official Launch Video Indicates So

Dragons in Destiny

Since the Destiny beta concluded I've been counting the reasons Bungie's new franchise is going to rule my life from Sept. 9 onward. Now I've got one more: there are apparently dragons in Destiny. Since slaying my first winged beast in Oblivion I've been seeking new ways to dissect dragons. Based on the new Destiny launch trailer we'll all have tha chance in Bungie's upcoming sci-fi game as well. Nobody from Bungie or Activision has come out and confirmed that there are dragons in Destiny. However, based on the … [Read more...]

The Evil Within Season Pass and DLC Details

The Evil Within

When The Evil Within release date rolls around Oct. 14, gamers will be able to extend their frightful experience with The Evil Within Season Pass. Bethesda Softworks is following the lead of many game publishers in offering the $19.99 Season Pass as a way for gamers to commit early to buying downloadable content. Bethesda took the unusual (but great) step of unveiling both The Evil Within Season Pass and DLC packs that will be associated with it. It's always nice to learn what's coming, particularly in the … [Read more...]

Evolve Beta Xbox One Exclusive, Release Date in January

Evolve Xbox One

The Xbox One may be lagging behind PS4 in sales, but Microsoft is getting some nice exclusives to try to reverse that trend. One such example is the Evolve beta, which will be exclusive to Xbox One. The specific Evolve beta release date is still unknown, though 2K said it will hit Xbox One in January. Microsoft originally announced the Evolve beta would be exclusive to Xbox One at E3. The company did not divulge the beta's release date. Hearing that it'll hit in January 2015 is great news for Xbox One owners, as … [Read more...]