Official: Minecraft Xbox One to Release Friday, Sept. 5

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It's official. Microsoft has confirmed that the Minecraft Xbox One version release date is this Friday, September 5. Speculation surrounding the Minecraft Xbox One release date had been rampant since the developers sent the game for final certification. Unlike the Minecraft PS4 version, which was sent back to the developers for some additional changes after its first "final" submission, the Minecraft Xbox One version was apparently ready to roll. Presumably the developers were able to iron-out the issues with the … [Read more...]

Xbox Deals with Gold Through September 8

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Microsoft yesterday launched its Xbox Games with Gold September 2014 free games, so it's easy to overlook the other titles you still have to pay for. That would be unwise. The Xbox Deals with Gold through September 8 are actually pretty compelling, both for Xbox One and Xbox 360. This week's Deals with Gold for full games and add-on packs are more impressive than the Xbox Games with Gold free games for September. Sure, "free" is technically better than "paid," but the quality of games in the Deals with Gold lineup … [Read more...]

Dance Central Spotlight, with 10 Songs, Hits Xbox One

Dance Central Spotlight Xbox One

Harmonix has launched its latest game on Xbox One today, and its $9.99 price tag is guaranteed to grab your attention. Dance Central Spotlight, with 10 songs, is priced appropriately for an arguably "small" game. But those are just the base tracks. Dozens of additional songs are available as downloadable tracks. Don't rush off to your local game store looking for a retail Dance Central Spotlight box. The game is available exclusively as a digital download via the Xbox Store. The Dance Central Spotlight songs Xbox … [Read more...]

Destiny Install Size 40GB on Xbox One: Report

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Gamers who chose to pre-load Destiny on Xbox One will be glad they did, as the download would have otherwise taken a lot of time. One user who received an early boxed copy of Destiny shared a series of photos that show the Destiny install size as 40GB. Even at broadband Internet speeds that would've been a hefty download. No word yet on how long the Destiny install time is for a game that large, though the beta took 5-10 minutes to install and was much smaller. The reference to the Destiny install size is a bit … [Read more...]

PlayStation 4 Theme Support Coming this Fall

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The PlayStation 3 and PS Vita launched with a radical new interface called the XMB (cross-media bar). It was fresh and functional at the time, but the blue screen that came with it is looking old now that the PS4 has arrived. Soon you won't be forced to look at that same tired PS4 interface, as Sony has announced PlayStation 4 theme support will arrive this fall. Theme support is nothing new, as both the previous-generation consoles supported it. However, that same functionality being missing from the PS4 and Xbox … [Read more...]

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...]

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass Details

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

2K Games has announced plans to release four add-on DLC packs for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel following its Oct. 14 release date. Normally you'd have to pay $40 for those DLC packs. With a newly announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, those packs come down to $29.99. The Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC will build on the existing content that lets gamers play as Claptrap, Wilhelm, Nisha or Athena. Just exactly how that DLC will expand on the game has yet to be announced. 2K did say, however, that the four … [Read more...]

PlayStation Plus September 2014 Free Games for PS4, PS3

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September is the second month in a row Sony is making a game in its PlayStation Plus program available free on the same day it goes on sale for non PS Plus members. In fact, there are two PlayStation Plus September 2014 free games that follow that model, one for PS4 and one for PlayStation Vita. All titles in the PlayStation Plus September 2014 free games go live on September 2, giving you time to get back home today following the long Labor Day weekend. PS4 owners who are PS Plus members get two free titles in … [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...]