- Xbox Live Marketplace Update: May 21st, 2013
- Metro: Last Light Gets 4 DLC Packs Planned, Season Pass Available
- Ryse Confirmed as Xbox One Exclusive
- Battlefield 4 Will Be Available this Holiday for Next-Gen
- Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One Media
- Forza Motorsport 5 Xbox One Screens & Trailer
- Xbox One Specs
- Mornin '13
- No Backwards Compatibility with Xbox One
- Xbox One Does NOT Have to Always Be Online
- Call of Duty: Ghosts Shown On Xbox One, Timed-Exclusive DLC
- Halo TV Series Announced
- Watch Live TV with Xbox One [Updated]
- Microsoft Announces Its Next Console: Xbox One
- REVIEW: Metro: Last Light
- Peter Molyneux's Godus Going Mobile
Thanks to the Xbox One unveiling yesterday, the Xbox Live Marketplace update was delayed by a day, but it's finally here and you can check out all the new games, DLC, and sales that are now available after the break.
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Want to further support the programmers and artists who managed to make the dandy Metro: The Last Light from the frigid cold of a tiny unheated Ukranian office? Here's your chance.
In response to Metro: Last Light's popularity, publisher Deep Silver has announced a bright future of DLC ahead. As of right now, four DLC packages are planned, including the following:
- 'The 'Faction Pack' and the 'Chronicles Pack' will expand upon the single-player narrative, particularly adding more density to the story.
- 'The 'Tower Pack' will challenge even the best Metro players with a variety of obstacles to tackle.
- The 'Developer Pack' will focus on exploration and give players the tools to carve their own path.
Those who are sold on the idea of these upcoming packages are invited by Deep Silver to purchase the Metro: Last Light Season Pass, offering all of the above in addition to a bonus weapon, the Abzats semi-automatic shotgun, for $14.99. Given each DLC pack is likely to cost $4.99, you can save a few bucks if you are planning on buying all four anyway.
Metro: Last Light earned a very respectable 8.6 from us in our review. We found its atmosphere delightful, although it can be a bit buggy at times. Its developer, 4A Games, recently came into the spotlight after information emerged about poor workplace conditions during the game's development. Members of the team were said to be elbow to elbow in a very undesirable environment. The fact that it was able to make such a game with the low budget it had is remarkable.
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During the Xbox One press conference, Microsoft announced that they will have 15 exclusive games to the system, and then only showed off an upcoming Forza game. Obviously this means that they will be revealing the rest at E3, but Crytek studios has jumped the gun a little bit.
Back at E3 2011, Crytek presented a Kinect game called Ryse and not a word has been heard from it since. Now the game's website has a countdown timer for E3 and announces that the game is an Xbox One exclusive with enhanced gameplay enhanced by the Kinect.
So that's two exclusive games down, 13 more to go. Do you have any predictions other than Halo 5?
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If you've been thinking about picking up Battlefield 4, and you're considering either an Xbox One or a PS4, you may want to rethink your preorder. EA and DICE announced today that Battlefield 4 will be available this holiday season for early adopters of the next-gen systems. If there is a chance you may purchase one of the new systems at launch, you might as well get Battlefield 4 for the new console instead of the current generation.
Those who preorder Battlefield 4 will receive the China Rising DLC expansion pack for free. In this multiplayer DLC, players will battle across China in four new maps using new vehicles and new military equipment.
If you're going the PC route for this game anyway, preordering the Digital Deluxe edition will give players the game, extra in-game items, the China Rising DLC, and multiplayer beta access.
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In addition, MS released CoD: Ghosts shots from yesterday's Xbox One reveal:
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And you might also like to have a look at these fine high-res screens:
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Yesterday, Microsoft officially revealed its next-generation console, the Xbox One, which is scheduled to hit the market during late 2013. PS4's competitor is evidently has a customized AMD Jaguar 8 core CPU and will also contain a GPU made for DX 11 graphics in mind. To make one thing clear, the console won't be backwards compatible, as we've reported yesterday.
The 32MB of high bandwidth embedded ESRAM has been included, in addition to 8GB of RAM (DDR3), supporting 1080p (full HD) video and 4k video. MS also fitted the console with 7.1 surround sound support. They've decided to incorporate a Blu-ray player that can play DVDs as well. Furthermore, the console is going to come with a brand new Kinect sensor that has a 720p web camera and also a 250,000 pixel infrared depth sensor.
The brand new Xbox console will have HDMI 1.4 output and pass through, USB 3.0 ports, three separate 802.11n WiFi radios, with WiFi Direct.
Why does such news still turn me on?
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If you were saddened that the PS4 does not feature backwards compatibility (at least not until they get Gaikai up and running), then I hope you didn't have high hopes for the Xbox One to feature backwards support.
As feared, the Xbox One does not support backwards compatibility for pretty much the same reasons as why the PS4 does not--the new x86 innards simply cannot run the older games. This unfortunately goes for Xbox Live games as well, just like the PS4 will not run current PSN games and older PlayStation games.
However, your Gamescore from Xbox Live will transfer. If that was a concern as well, you can at least put that one to rest.
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After the Xbox One Reveal, Geoff Keighley briefly interviewed Don Mattrick, Microsoft's Interactive Business Entertainment President, about the device. In the middle of his questioning, he did ask if the rumors were true, that the Xbox One would have to be always online to function. As you may recall, Adam Orth of Microsoft tweeted as much just a month ago, argued with developers and consumers about the decision, and then was promptly let go. Mattrick, however, confirmed that the Xbox One will NOT, repeat, NOT, have to always be online for users to enjoy playing games.
Keighley also quickly tweeted this confirmation.
So breathe easy, everyone. You won't have a SimCity issue if you want to play a game solo.
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Call of Duty is ready to meet the next-gen.
Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available for Xbox One the day it releases. Before showing footage of the game running on the upcoming console, Activision confirmed that the series will continue its trend of sharing timed-exclusive DLC with Microsoft.
The next Call of Duty is taking huge strides to ensure its campaign mode a compelling experience. "A cast of characters that you feel emotionally attached to" will be delivered by professional actors and writers. A Seal Team dog companion will be with you throughout your experience, combating evil without question. We all know it's going to die at the end, though.
On the multiplayer front Infinity Ward will deliver dynamic maps that progressively change during play, such as a flood making navigation much more challenging. For the first time in the series, characters will be customizable; faces, body types, and more can be defined before play.
Activision's Publishing CEO Eric Hershberg went as far as to say that this will be the best Call of Duty... ever. That's a huge statement given how impactful Call of Duty 4 was. It certainly would make the beginning of the next-gen much more exciting.
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So how important is TV to the Xbox One? It's so important that there will be a brand new TV series based off of a quite popular Xbox game. Nancy Tellem, digial media president of Microsoft, and Bonnie Ross of 343 Industries announced a new live action Halo Television Series that will be exclusive to Xbox One. This series comes off the success of the Halo novels, comics, and the Forward Unto Dawn web series.
This new TV series is going to be so big, Steven Spielberg is part of the project.
I have been a huge fan of all of the Halo extended universe media, so I can't wait to see what this partnership comes up with for the live action TV series.
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As expected, the Xbox One has a slightly heavy emphasis on all forms of entertainment, and with the new console, watching live TV is the newest entertainment feature. In particular, Microsoft showed off how users could seamlessly transition between watching TV, watching a movie, and playing a video game with voice commands to the Kinect (they did not show if such a transition is possible with just button presses).
What's more is that they have added a screen-on-screen feature with live TV and watching movies, where users can access Internet Explorer in a right hand side column. In the demonstration, they showed how to purchase movie tickets for Star Trek: Into Darkness via the sidebar while watching the first Star Trek movie. For live TV, they accessed a fantasy basketball account while watching the NBA playoffs.
Lastly, while covering the tech specs, they did mention that the Xbox One uses Blu-Ray, so you have another option for watching your Blu-Ray movies as well.
UPDATE: I questioned if the seamless transition between the features was Kinect-only or not, and now word is coming down that the Xbox One will require Kinect for proper use. So that answers that. I've avoided buying a Kinect thus far, but it looks like I can't avoid it much longer.
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Infinity? Not so fast.
Microsoft has proudly announced that it's upcoming console will be named Xbox One. Promised to be "simple, instant, and complete", its hardware is shaped like a perfect rectangle, black, elegant, and simple. The controller looks very similar to the original Xbox controller but is smaller with sharp lines to hint at its 2013 birth.
As suspected, Kinect is a major feature of the Xbox One. The first demonstration showed that the console can be turned on using a simple voice command: 'Xbox on'. As a matter of fact, navigation of the entire console's interface can be done with voice commands. Needless to say it's a major selling point of the next-gen console.
Xbox One is expected to release in late 2013.
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You might want to conserve your bullets, because they are more valuable than you think. Also, keep your gask mask and flashlight handy, because they may save your life.
Here's a snip:
The structure of the game hasn’t changed much since the original. You’ll be traversing through tunnels and various underground sections of Moscow, mostly in linear FPS fashion. That doesn’t mean you won’t have a choice. There are many nooks and crannies where the player may dig up ammo, which acts, if you recall from the first game, as the game’s currency. In short, bullets are quite precious. They are used for trade or as ammunition, so they should be used wisely. Your gas mask also has a limited supply of clean air, so you have to consider that when exploring some areas as well.
Read our review of Metro: Last Light (PC).
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DeNA and 22cans, Peter Molyenux's new dev. studio, have revealed that their game GODUS is on its way to Android, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. The game will also utilize DeNA's Mobage mobile social games platform in Western territories, Japan and Korea. Hooray!
"We have huge respect for DeNA's successes in mobile gaming. By fusing their expertise and experience with our passion and dedication, we are going to make GODUS a truly groundbreaking reinvention of the god game genre," said Peter Molyneux, founder of 22cans. "As a global leader in developing and publishing mobile games, DeNA is the ideal partner for us to collaborate with on the launch of GODUS. Their breadth of expertise working with second and third-party game developers is invaluable as we prepare for the release of GODUS on mobile devices."
Just to remind you, Godus accumulated £526,563 ($852,000) through its Kickstarter campaign in December and has now surpassed its goal of $£450,000 ($730,000).
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While we're on the subject of fixes, Metro: Last Light needs a lot of fixes - on the PC.
Yeah, yeah, the review's going up today, sorry it's taking me so long. I have no excuses this time. Well, only one... Um, I forgot what it was now. Anyway, the review's definitely, definitely going up today.
Another thing that's been worrying me, apart from the sheer sensation of a potentially tedious, hot bloody summer, is the fact that everyone, and I do mean everyone, in the game development business wants to play it safe. Even Peter Molyneux who was always keen to experiment with all sorts of ideas. Sure, most of the time he didn't make any sense at all and it felt like he was smoking top-class weed instead of actually making an effort with the game he's working on, but still I respected him in a way. Now, even Molyneux is going mobile (you're about to find out in minute when I post the news).
Developers, as I have explained many times, need to grow some balls... hairy ones. As soon as possible too.
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