Articles by Paul Acevedo

Xbox One: Year One review – How is Microsoft's new console doing one year later?
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 24, 2014

On November 22, 2013 the Xbox One launched in the US and several other territories. The first new console from Microsoft in 8 years, the One was long overdue. But at launch, the Xbox One faced an uphill battle due to a series of PR blunders, poor pre-leadership from former Xbox chief...

Pinball FX2
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 22, 2014

Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game on Twitch for one hour and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. We took last weekend off from streaming because I was all kinds of sick with a cold. But I'm almost over the cold, so this week I'm...

Chronology review Windows Phone, Windows 8, Steam, Surface Pro, Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 20, 2014

Last month, a unique little puzzle platformer called Chronology made its way to Windows Phone. Chronology wowed us with its time-traveling mechanics that allow players to travel back and forth between time and even stop it, all in the name of solving puzzles and saving the world. It...

Never Alone developer interview – Behind the scenes of the folklore-based platformer for Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 18, 2014

Never Alone is a cooperative platformer for Xbox One that stars a young girl named Nuna and her mystical Fox companion. The pair must traverse the frozen climes of Alaska as they seek a way to stop the endless blizzard that plagues Nuna's village. Never Alone is a unique and beautiful...

Pinball League Hardhat Zone for Windows Phone and Windows 8 Surface Pro Lumia 920 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 15, 2014

Although the much-loved Pinball FX2 sadly never showed up on Windows Phone, Microsoft's mobile phone platform has a long-running pinball series of its own: Pinball League from Tainicom. It started with The Juggler way back in 2011, followed by Dr. Pickaxe the next year. Both games also...

Halo The Master Chief Collection review Halo 2 Anniversary
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 12, 2014

Videogame re-releases are not an uncommon thing, especially early in a new console's life cycle. They help boost a fledgling system's software library and make older games available to new players. That last bit is important, because most game systems are not backwards compatible. Re-...

Play Halo: Master Chief Collection with Windows Central tonight on Twitch
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 11, 2014

Halo: the Master Chief Collection, the compilation of all four numbered Halo games, is finally available on Xbox One. Our detailed review won't be live until tomorrow, but a lot of players already own the game and are enjoying it right now.

In celebration of the Master Chief...

GTA V Xbox One Digital Preorder
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 11, 2014

The enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One and Playstation 4 looms near. It launches next week, in fact. Fans of open-world games and crime dramas have likely placed their preorders by now, with the promise of one million in-game bonus cash sweetening the deal. But so far...

Watch our Halo MCC co-op preview on Twitch tonight and win prizes!
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 07, 2014

Last night, fellow Windows Central staffer Sam Sabri and I hopped online to Twitch stream Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. We were lucky enough to play competitive matches in all six Halo 2: Anniversary maps, closing out the night with a visit to Beaver Creek, a classic...

Join us tonight for our Halo: Master Chief Collection multiplayer Twitch preview and win prizes!
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 06, 2014

The release of this month's hottest Xbox One exclusive, Halo: the Master Chief Collection is only a week away. As Tuesday the 11th draws near, more and more news and tidbits about the collection continue to trickle out. The multiplayer update has finally become available to download for...

The Microsoft Store grand opening in Friendswood, TX features tremendous deals and giveaways
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 06, 2014

The Microsoft Store is something of a haven for Microsoft fans, a place to find new hardware, software, and accessories ranging across a number of platforms. Not everyone is fortunate enough to live near a Microsoft Store, but new stores continue to open and expand Microsoft's reach....

Deflector Mobile review Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 04, 2014

Classic arcade games, more often than not, involved defending the earth or another planet from alien invaders and other extraterrestrial threats. Missile Command, Galaga, and many more games took that simple concept and branched out into unique gameplay directions.

Nowadays we...

Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition coming to Xbox One and 360 next year
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 04, 2014

Not long ago, we published a big story on Xbox One launch games getting re-released as " Game of the Year Editions." That term is shorthand for the re-release of a game that contains both the original game and some or all of its downloadable content bundled into a single package,...

WWE 2K15 Superstar Studio
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 03, 2014

WWE2K 15 is now available on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, allowing wrestling fans to step into the shoes of 63 wrestling superstars as well as several divas and managers. Xbox One and Playstation 4 owners haven't had a chance to step into the ring just yet, as the current-gen versions of...

Bladestorm: Nightmare
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 02, 2014

Not long ago, Koei Tecmo announced the mid-Febrary release date of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round for Xbox One and 360. The latest in the popular Dead or Alive series, Last Round will be the first fully 3D fighting game for the Xbox One. Most interestingly, the game will be offered as a...

Another World Twitch stream
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 01, 2014

Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game on Twitch for one hour and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. Last week, we streamed Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition and dished out codes to seven lucky viewers.

Tonight at 8pm Central (...

Microsoft gives free Ryse game to some Sunset Overdrive console owners
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 01, 2014

Earlier this week we reviewed the white Xbox One Sunset Overdrive Special Edition bundle, which launched first in North America followed by the UK a few days later. I found the bundle to be a very good value at $400, as it comes with a fresh and exclusive game and a unique looking...

Spider-Man Unlimited update weaves in new levels and bosses Enter Sandman
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 31, 2014

Spider-Man Unlimited arrived on mobile back in September. The game instantly webbed me with its great graphics, huge array of collectible characters, and overall excellent use of the Spider-Man license. But I also caught many bugs in my review that I hoped would be fixed before long....

Come see our second Halo: the Master Chief Collection preview on Twitch tonight!
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 30, 2014

Last night we hosted one of our most exciting Twitch streams yet. Hundreds of viewers tuned in to get an early look at Halo: the Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. Yours truly played through one mission each from Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo 2: Anniversary.

I...

Review – Xbox One Sunset Overdrive Special Edition console
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 30, 2014

Last year when the Xbox One launched, you could get it in any color you wanted – as long as it was black. But select Microsoft staff members received a white console with the words " I made this" emblazoned on both the system and the controller. The gamers among us who aren't fixated on...