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All posts tagged "Xbox"

  • Rare Replay review: classic gems for Xbox One

    Rare is a company that’s been in the hearts of gamers for over three decades. It has worked on the likes of Donkey Kong Country and 007 Golden Eye, which shaped a generation of gamers. Last year the Microsoft-owned company released a compilation containing some of their best titles, but is it enough to save grace with a developer fallen from favour? Looking at video game compilations is always a difficult task. Does one look at each and every game individually, writing a review that would equal the likes of the Iliad or Odyssey, or does one look at the...

  • Styx, Gears of War 2 included in February’s Xbox Games with Gold

    Microsoft has announced the Xbox Games with Gold lineup for Xbox One and Xbox 260 subscribers. The first of these titles will be available to download from 1 February free of charge for those enrolled in the Xbox Games with Gold service. Most of next month's games carry an RPG-tone. First up is Styx: Master of Shadows (available 1-29 February). Players will guide goblin assassin Styx through a dark fantasy world as he infiltrates the Tower of Akenash. The second Xbox One title is Hand of Fate, which will be available from 16 February to 15 March. The title is described as...

  • 6 ways Microsoft can improve the Xbox One system software

    The Xbox One has been out for a few years now and received its first major software overhaul last year. While this new Windows 10-based "New Xbox Experience" is a welcomed change, it's still not perfect. Microsoft is trailing behind the competition (read: Sony's PlayStation 4) and while this is due to a number of factors, they're at least trying to set things right, but there's more that can be done. Here are the six ways I think Microsoft can improve the Xbox One software: Redesign the store. Please. The games and app store on the console can be described (at best) as barebones. Trying...

  • The Witcher 2, CS: GO added to Xbox One backwards compatibility list

    Microsoft this week announced a few more backwards compatible titles for their Xbox One video game console. The announcement also included a change to the way backwards compatible titles will be released. The latest batch didn't include as many titles as the December update, and not many available in the South African Xbox Store. Some of the titles in the latest release include Age of Booty, Small Arms, and Counter-Strike: GO (CS: GO). Microsoft has said there will be a chance to the way games in the Xbox backwards compatible programme will be released. Instead of bulk releases, which the company originally...

  • Xbox store ‘biggest sale ever’ pricing up early [Update]

    A few days ago, Major Nelson teased that the Xbox store would be having a major sale starting on 22 December. Well, it seems as it all of those sales prices are already pre-loaded ahead of schedule. According to the teaser, titles such as Halo 5: Guardians (review), Rise of the Tomb Raider (review), and Forza Motorsport 6 will be discounted. There will also be deals on a wide variety of non-exclusive titles like Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Fallout 4 (review). Prices can range from 40% to over 60% off Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible titles, though don't expect those kinds of...

  • Microsoft adds 16 more backwards compatible games for Xbox One

    Announced today on Major Nelson's blog, Microsoft has added 16 more Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles for the Xbox One. This comes after the first 104 titles were launched on 12 November with the New Xbox One Experience (NXOE). Some of the included titles include the likes of Fable III, Halo: Reach, and Braid. All titles are playable today if you own a digital or physical copy of the game, otherwise they are purchasable through the Xbox website. According to the blog post, over nine million hours have been spent playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One since 12 November. The...

  • Helsing fights its way onto December’s Xbox Games with Gold

    The latest batch of games in the Xbox Games with Gold programme is ready for download. The first batch of games for the month include The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on Xbox One, available from today until 31 December, and CastleStorm for Xbox 360, which is available until 15 December. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is an action RPG and has been available through Steam since May 2013. It currently holds a 9/10 on Steam and a 3.5/5 on Metacritic. The second title, CastleStorm is a tower defence game available on multiple platforms. It too has a 9/10 rating on...

  • Hardcore ASTRO gaming headsets now available in South Africa

    The ASTRO range of headsets and accessories are now available in South Africa. Local video games distributor, Megarom Interactive, has picked up the licence for the range. Garnishing high reviews on the likes of Amazon.com, ASTRO's products are primarily focussed around circumaural and supra-aural headphones for PC, Mac, Xbox, and PlayStation. "We are very excited to welcome Astro as part of the Megarom offering and to the South African gaming community. With a great globally following already, we look forward to growing the brand inside South Africa, and help Astro take gamers to the next level of their gaming experience," says Alan...

  • New Xbox One Experience won’t have Kinect gestures

    In an interview with Windows Central, Partner Director of Program Management at Microsoft Mike Ybarra announced the exclusion of Kinect gestures from the new New Xbox One Experience (NXOE). This comes as a surprise to fans of the console as the Kinect has always been part of the Xbox One hardware lineup. Ybarra elaborated on the decision: With gestures, the reality was the usage was very, very low. So for now, we've cut that from the New Xbox One Experience. The team will also continue to monitor user feedback about Kinect gestures and if fans request it, he continues. The Xbox One Kinect was...

  • Xbox One backward compatible titles unveiled, still no Alan Wake

    Microsoft have finally released the full list of Xbox 360 games in the Xbox One backwards compatibility programme. All of these will be part of the New Xbox One Experience launching on 12 November. Some of the titles have already been spoken about, such as Gears of War and Castle Crashers, but other titles, like Metal Slug 3 and Golden Axe appear on the list. It's interesting to note that 74 of the 104 announced games are Xbox Live Arcade titles, and many are titles not originally created for the Xbox 360. Overall the list is a little underwhelming with standard Xbox 360...