Articles by Paul Acevedo

Extra-bloody DOOM multiplayer impressions from QuakeCon 2015
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 26, 2015

Bethesda likes to give attendees of its yearly QuakeCon fan convention something special, something the folks who stay at home just won't be able to experience. Last year, convention-goers got to watch an exclusive reveal of the new Doom (also known as Doom 4) that never got released...

Fallout 4 at QuakeCon: Blow-by-blow panel impressions Codsworth
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 26, 2015

At E3 this year, publishing giant, Bethesda, dropped a bombshell on the gaming world with the official announcement of Fallout 4. The latest in the venerable series of post-apocalyptic role-playing games, Fallout 4 promises a huge open world to explore, tons of freakish enemies to...

QuakeCon 2015 opening day Doom multiplayer
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 23, 2015

Bethesda is one of the largest game publishers in the world, with huge brands like The Elder Scrolls, Doom, and Quake to its name. This year the publisher stepped up its E3 performance in a big way, hosting an E3 press conference and announcing several big titles such as Fallout 4 and...

Quiplash review: Another hilarious party game from Jackbox
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 21, 2015

In 2014, Jackbox Games released Fibbage as its first Xbox One game. Next the developer followed up with a robust collection called Jackbox Party Pack, which boasted an enhanced version of Fibbage as well You Don't Know Jack, Drawful, and two games best forgotten. All of these games...

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard review
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 19, 2015

Last week we reviewed the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard. An excellent portable Bluetooth keyboard for phones and tablets, but not something you'd ever use to play actual games on a desktop. Serious PC gamers should have three things: a gaming keyboard, a gaming mouse, and a...

SlashDash review: A local multiplayer ninja party game for Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 18, 2015

Before online gaming became crazy popular, local multiplayer ruled the competitive gaming roost. Players competed against each other in a variety of genres: fighting, racing, sports, and even first-person shooters. We all had to be in the same room, but most of us didn't see that as a...

Watch and win as we play Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams tonight on Twitch
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 18, 2015

Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

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Time-traveling, genre-spanning adventure Evoland 2 coming to Windows PC in August
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 15, 2015

Not long ago, I was quite taken with Steam platformer Adventures of Pip's smart use graphic styles from different gaming eras. While the mix of art styles and puzzle platforming was certainly clever, combining different genres of games would be even more so. That's just what indie...

Spectra 8bit Racing Xbox One review
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 12, 2015

Last year, indie developer Gateway Interactive launched a chiptune-driven "racing" game called Spectra on Windows 8 and Windows Phone. The phone version got pulled from the Store for some reason, but the Windows 8 game remains fairly popular. Back when those games were released, the...

Watch and win as we play PAYDAY 2 for Xbox One tonight on Twitch
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 11, 2015

Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours, and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

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Hands on with ADR1FT and ABZÛ, from 505 Games
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 10, 2015

505 Games is a truly diverse game publisher. They've given the world Terraria, How to Survive, Sniper Elite 3 (forget that Zombie Army nonsense), Payday 2 (shame about the technical issues on Xbox One). There is even the mobile social networking app Cityglance. They show no signs of...

Steam Spotlight: Save sheep from gruesome death in Divide by Sheep
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 09, 2015

The mental exercise of counting sheep has existed in the public consciousness for hundreds of years, whether or not anybody actually does it. Me, I like to fall asleep listening to a good animated comedy like Bob's Burgers, and those seldom feature any sheep. Point is, something as well...

Steam Spotlight – Kung Fury: Street Rage title screen
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 08, 2015

In late 2013, Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg launched a Kickstarter for his eighties-themed dream project, Kung Fury. The project secured enough funds for a short film, with the 31 minute Kung Fury arriving for free on YouTube earlier this year. Sandberg stars in the film as the...

Cityglance for Windows Phone photo
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 07, 2015

When I visit San Francisco, I always look forward to riding its BART subway system. In my experience, the subway goes pretty close to wherever a gaming journalist might need to visit. It's fast, safe, and best of all, affordable – quite the treat for someone whose hometown has only...

Sports, fantasy, and strategy will collide this September in Blood Bowl II for Xbox One and Windows
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 05, 2015

Anyone who played games during the 16-bit era probably remembers a classic EA Sports title called Mutant League Football. That game drew inspiration from real-life board game Blood Bowl, which depicts a very football-like sport played by human and fantasy races. Blood Bowl takes place...

Take a first look at Super Dungeon Bros, a co-op Roguelike coming to Xbox One and Windows 10
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 02, 2015

Way back in 2008, indie studio React Games emerged to remake the classic strategy game Archon for consoles and PC. Since then, the studio has mostly created mobile games and apps such as Dragons Adventure Companion for select Lumia Windows Phones. This winter, they return to console...

Hidden object adventure Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart coming to Xbox One this fall
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 02, 2015

Polish game studio Artifex Mundi has made a name for itself as the premiere publisher of hidden object puzzle adventure (HOPA) games on mobile and tablet. They've given Windows Phone and Windows 8 approximately 20 such titles over the years, including such popular series as Nightmares...

We play prehistoric survival game ARK: Survival Evolved and talk to the developer
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 01, 2015

Dinosaurs are big right now. Of course, they've always been physically large (except for the little ones like Compsognathus). But the recently-released Jurassic World movie broke all kinds of box-office records (despite featuring some unnecessary cruelty). People just love dinosaurs,...

We Happy Few
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 30, 2015

Canadian developer Compulsion Games made a name for itself with a 3D platformer called Contrast, which arrived on Xbox One last year. Compulsion's sophomore effort We Happy Few takes place in a darker, more sinister setting. In a twisted alternative history version of 1960s England,...

Watch and win as we play Magic 2015 tonight on Twitch
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 27, 2015

Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

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