Articles by Paul Acevedo

Classic action-RPG Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim journeys to Windows PC via Steam next week
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 19, 2015

Last week, we reviewed a Steam game called Gurumin: a Monstrous Adventure from Nihon Falcom, creators of the action-RPG series Ys. Although Ys is a long-running and beloved series among old-school gamers, many Xbox players are unlikely to be familiar with it. Newer entries have largely...

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection review
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 18, 2015

When Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel launched on previous-gen platforms in October of 2014, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 had already been available for nearly a year. Many Borderlands fans like me who would otherwise be the prime target of The Pre-Sequel had already moved on to new...

Age of Wonders III for Windows PC gets massive Eternal Lords expansion and update
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 14, 2015

Age of Wonders III is a turn-based strategy game for Windows PCs from Dutch developer Triumph Studios. The game allows players to create a political leader of their own and then set out to survive and conquer a fantasy world filled with races like humans, elves, and orcs. Since last...

Steam Spotlight – Gurumin: a Monstrous Adventure for Windows
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 14, 2015

Welcome to the latest installment of our semi-weekly feature, Steam Spotlight! Here we will look at interesting games available on Steam, the popular digital distribution platform for Windows computers. Today's Spotlight title is Gurumin: a Monstrous Adventure from Nihon Falcom (makers...

Watch and win as we play Thomas was Alone tonight on Twitch
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 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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Stealth Inc 2 review
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 08, 2015

The Xbox One has no shortage of puzzle platformers thanks to games like Max: the Curse of Brotherhood, Kalimba, and Thomas Was Alone. They all manage to be quite different from one another, simultaneously satisfying the itch for solving puzzles and running and jumping through levels....

Watch and win as we play Geomtry Wars 3 Evolved tonight on Twitch
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 04, 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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Gruesome action-RPG Binding of Isaac Rebirth coming to Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 01, 2015

Roguelikes are an up-and-coming genre featuring randomized level design, permadeath (no continues), and a high degree of challenge. The Xbox One has a fine Roguelike to its name: the magic-themed first-person shooter Ziggurat. On the 2D front, the popular action-platformer Rogue Legacy...

Blood Bowl II, Farming Simulator 15, and Space Hulk: Deathwing coming to Xbox One and Windows this year from Focus Home Interactive
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 30, 2015

Last year, French publisher Focus Home Interactive made its Xbox One debut with stealth fantasy game Styx: Master of Shadows and the investigative adventure Crime & Punishments: Sherlock Holmes. This year, the publisher returns to an even more diverse lineup of games for Xbox One,...

Crimsonland review: A bloody good twin-stick shooter for Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Steam
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 29, 2015

10tons is best known for its casual games like Sparkle 2, King Oddball and Tennis in the Face. But way back in 2003, the developer also made a fairly hardcore twin-stick shooter called Crimsonland and later remastered it in 2014. Last week, Crimsonland finally arrived on Windows Phone...

Watch and win as we play darkly beautiful platformer Limbo tonight on Twitch
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 28, 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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Slender the Arrival review: A short and terrifying game for Xbox One, 360, and Windows
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 25, 2015

Slender Man (or Slendy, as his friends call him) was created by a forum poster in 2009, according to Wikipedia. A blurry, faceless man added to old photographs, the character soon caught the imagination of online horror fans of all ages. YouTube videos and several indie games followed,...

Ziggurat review: A magical first-person Roguelike for Xbox One and Windows
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 22, 2015

Thanks to the existence of several standout titles like Rogue Legacy, Binding of Isaac, and Crypt of the NecroDancer, the Roguelike genre has exploded in popularity over the last couple of years. Characterized by randomly generated levels, the inability to continue when you die, and...

Watch and win as we play Costume Quest 2 tonight on Twitch
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 21, 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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Handy Games announces Devils & Demons for Windows Phone, celebrates with 1941 Frozen Front sale
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 18, 2015

German developer Handy Games has brought several solid games to Windows Phone, including Aces of the Luftwaffe, SPS Football, and 1941: Frozen Front. Even though most of those titles are free to play, they all look and play very nice. They also have a game called Stage Dive Legends that...

Adventures of Pip hands on: Pixelated platforming coming to Xbox consoles and Windows this May
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 17, 2015

Early this year, indie developer TicToc Games announced that their 2D platformer Adventures of Pip will be coming to Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program. Adventures of Pip stars a tiny pixel which can transform into a full-sized hero and back again in order to deal with enemies and solve...

Steam Spotlight: Crypt of the NecroDancer for Windows
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 15, 2015

Welcome to our new feature, Steam Spotlight! Every weekend we will look at a different game available on Steam, the popular digital distribution platform for Windows computers. With the indie gaming scene exploding on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, many of these titles will eventually make...

Watch us play Forza Horizon 2 on Twitch tonight and you could win the game or Storm Island DLC!
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 14, 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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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Xbox One Review
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 13, 2015

The Xbox One launched with a pretty killer fighting game – that little exclusive known as Killer Instinct, to be precise. Microsoft has implemented innovative pricing strategies with Killer Instinct, allowing players to use one rotating character for free, and then buy either individual...

Ori and the Blind Forest Xbox One Review
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 11, 2015

Many gamers would agree that the Xbox One has a strong lineup of exclusive games, especially now that Halo: the Master Chief Collection's multiplayer matchmaking finally works. However, Microsoft doesn't have a lot of new retail exclusives lined up for the first half of this year other...