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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 is due out sometime in the future as well. Binding of Isaac is another extremely popular console Roguelike that has been MIA on Xbox... Until now!

After months of rumors, Binding of Isaac Rebirth from indie publisher Nicalis (makers of Castle in the Darkness and 1001 Spikes) has been officially announced for Xbox One! Mix The Legend of Zelda, a twin-stick shooter, and some gruesome imagery and humor into one awesome game and you have The Binding of Isaac. In addition to Xbox One, Binding of Isaac will also be coming to Nintendo Wii U, and New 3DS as well (it's already available on Windows PC and PlayStation consoles).

Don't know your Binding of Isaac from your Tie that Binds? Read on for a quick preview!

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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, Windows, and other platforms.

Today we look at three of those upcoming games. Blood Bowl II is a fantasy sports game with a strategic twist. Farming Simulator 15 is just what the name says, an agriculture simulator/tractor driving game. And Space Hulk: Deathwing is a first-person shooter/horror game set in the Space Hulk/Warhammer 40K universe. Read on for detailed impressions and trailers for each game!

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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!

Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT), we'll be playing Limbo from Danish developer Playdead. Limbo is a dark and stylish puzzle platform that made waves on Xbox 360 before eventually launching on Xbox One. Not only will be giving out free copies of Limbo for Xbox One and Steam, we'll also be joined in chat by a member of the game's development studio!

Update: The stream has ended. Read on for the YouTube replay video to see Paul playing Limbo as a member of Playdead answers viewer questions, plus the list of contest winners!

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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!

Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT), we'll be playing Costume Quest 2 from DoubleFine and Midnight City. Costume Quest 2 is a lighthearted role-playing game that takes place during Halloween. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out Costume Quest 2 codes for Xbox One, Steam, and PlayStation 4!

Update: The stream has ended. Read on for the list of contest winners and the full replay in YouTube format!

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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 stars a rock-and-roll playing Confederate soldier, for some reason.

We now have another Handy Games title to look forward to, as the developer has informed us that Devils & Demons will soon be coming to Windows Phone. Devils & Demons is a fantasy-themed strategy role-playing game with highly detailed character art. And to celebrate the game's impending release, all in-app purchases in 1941: Frozen Front (also a strategy game) are half off until the end of the week.

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Early this year, indie developer TicToc Games announced that their 2D platformer Adventures of Pip will be coming to Xbox One via the [email protected] 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 puzzles. It boasts a clever mishmash of art styles and concepts borrowed from the 8-, 16-, and 32-bit eras of gaming.

We got a fair impression of Adventures of Pip from the announcement and trailers, but you never truly know what a game is like until you've played it. Considering this one is not due for release on Xbox One and 360, Windows and Mac, PlayStation 4, and Wii U until May, we might well have had to wait another few months to play it. Luckily, TicToc Games has granted us some hands-on time with their latest demo.

Read on for my impressions and a full video playthrough of the Adventures of Pip demo!

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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!

Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT), we'll be playing Forza Horizon 2 from Playground Games and Microsoft Studios. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out five full copies of Forza Horizon 2 Deluxe Edition ($80 value) and five codes for the 'Storm Island' DLC expansion ($20 value). Those are some high dollar prizes that any racing fan should love!

Update: The stream and contest have ended. Continue reading for the full replay video now in YouTube format, tonight's winners, and next week's streaming schedule!

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Windows Central streams a wide variety of Xbox One games throughout the week on Twitch. Watching us play a game on Twitch lets you see a lot more you could from a trailer or video review. You can even enjoy some highly entertaining narration while chatting with your fellow readers. It's like a live interactive podcast centered around video games!

Tonight we have an exciting double feature for you. At 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT) we'll be streaming Flame Over, an addictive firefighting game that's coming to Windows in the next few months. Then at exactly at 10pm Central (11pm Eastern, 8pm Pacific, 4am GMT) we'll stream two hours of Ori and the Blind Forest, the gorgeous action-platformer that launches on Xbox One later this week. Tune in to see both games in action before they launch!

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading for impressions and the full stream replay!

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Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading for the full replay video and list of contest winners!

Last weekend we streamed Gameloft's gorgeous Windows Phone and Windows 8 racing game Asphalt 8 on Twitch and gave out some sweet prizes. This weekend we return with another great mobile Xbox  game, and we'll once again be joined on the microphone by Gameloft Community manager Ryan Changes, also known as "Gameloft" Ryan.

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Windows Central streams a wide variety of Xbox One games every Wednesday and Saturday on Twitch. Watching us play a game on Twitch lets you see a lot more you could from a trailer or video review. You can even enjoy some highly entertaining narration while chatting with your fellow readers. It's like a live interactive podcast centered around videogames!

Tonight we'll be streaming Dragon Ball Xenoverse from Namco Bandai. Just released last week, Xenoverse is the first Dragon Ball console game to let players create their own unique character. With expansive story and mission modes, plus three-player online co-op and competitive battles, this is one game DragonBall fans won't want to miss!

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading for quick impressions and the full replay!

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Every weekend, Windows Central streams a 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!

Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT), we'll be playing Asphalt 8: Airborne from Gameloft. Asphalt 8 is a massive free to play Xbox game for Windows Phone and Windows 8 and RT. Tonight's stream is special because regular co-host Tyler and I will be joined on the microphone by Gameloft Community manager Ryan Changes, also known as "Gameloft" Ryan. And we're giving out Microsoft gift cards donated by Gameloft. Stick around after the Asphalt 8 stream for a bonus Starwhal stream with more prizes!

Update: The streams have ended. Read on to see our Asphalt 8 and Starwhal replay videos, impressions, and full list of contest winners!

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Back in December, Windows Central streamed a downloadable Xbox and Windows game from Capcom called Strider. The game became one of my favorites of 2014 thanks to its sleek style, fast pace, and rewarding sense of exploration. We've been wanting to come back to Strider on the stream ever since, and at last we're doing just that.

Why just play the newest Strider though? Last year's Strider is actually the latest in a long-running series. Seeing as how many readers and viewers probably haven't played the previous games, we've decided to turn back the clock a bit. Tonight we're playing the original Strider, Strider 2, and Strider (2014) all in one historic Twitch stream. Join us to see why the series is so beloved with hardcore gamers and have a blast chatting with the Windows Central crowd!

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading to learn about the Strider series and see our full playthroughs of Strider 1 and 2!

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The Witcher 3 is set to be one of the year's biggest role-playing games when it arrives on Xbox One, Windows, and Playstation 4 this May. The third game in the Witcher series differentiates itself from other open-world action-RPGs with its dark and mature storyline filled with meaningful player choices and memorable sidequests.

To help prepare our readers for The Witcher 3, Windows Central has begun a new weekly Twitch series focused on The Witcher 2. Every Tuesday night at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific), we play through another section of the game while you guys watch the stream at Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch. Join us and engage in our social take on this epic Witcher adventure!

Did you miss the previous episode of our Witcher Twos-day series? Don't worry; we've got a full write-up that will get you up to speed – complete with screenshots from the stream!

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You probably already know that Windows Central streams Xbox games every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday night via Twitch. We even give out free copies of the games we stream on the weekends. We've built up a loyal community who tune in to see us play games, enjoy the commentary of the hosts, and chat with their fellow readers and viewers.

What you might not know is that I also stream non-Xbox games every Monday, just for fun. But tonight's stream will be special because we're streaming three games from popular Windows developer 10tons! We'll be playing Sparkle 2 and King Oddball (both for Windows Phone and Windows 8) and Crimsonland, a twin-stick shooter for Steam that will be coming to mobile Windows platforms soon.

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading to see the full video replay, my impressions of each game, and a list of tonight's winners!

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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!

Tonight, we'll be playing Chariot from Frima Studio. Chariot is a puzzle-platformer in which one or two players work together to push and pull a funeral chariot through haunted caverns and mines. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out more than 10 codes for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam!

Update: The stream has ended. Tonight's stream was special because one of the developers (Alex van Chestein, AKA Havochq) joined us in chat and answered questions! See his contributions and more in the full video replay.

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Twitch is a popular website that allows players to livestream games from their computers and Xbox One or Playstation 4 consoles. Watching someone play a game on Twitch lets you see a lot more of a game than you could from a trailer or video review. Every Twitch channel offers a live chat room, making the act of watching a stream a social experience. The host (the person playing) can even speak to viewers. It's like a live interactive podcast centered around videogames!

As regular Windows Central readers know, we do plenty of Twitch streaming ourselves through my channel Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch – four or five nights per week, in fact! It's important to us that you be able to view and enjoy our streams. Unfortunately, Twitch does not offer an official Windows Phone app and our phones can't natively play Twitch streams. Thus we must look to unofficial Twitch apps for our phones of choice.

Not all of the unofficial Twitch apps for Windows Phone are created equal. I've put the five current best apps through their paces: 8Stream, Infinite Game Stream, LiveGaming, "Twitch TV," and Unstream. Read on to learn how they compare and which app is the best in its class.

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Windows Central has recently rolled out an aggressive Twitch livestreaming schedule. Tuesdays we play The Witcher 2, Wednesdays we play various Xbox One games, Thursdays we play Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Saturdays we play Xbox One games and give out big prizes. Plenty of chances to tune in for live commentary and gameplay while chatting with your fellow readers and viewers. It's like a live interactive podcast!

It has been a couple of weeks since we started the Dragon Age: Inquisition campaign; last week we streamed the game's addictive cooperative multiplayer mode instead. Tonight we return to the campaign, shortly after the first boss battle. To help get everyone caught up to speed, I've written a detailed summary of our initial playthrough. Read it to learn how the latest exciting installment of Dragon Age begins!

Update: The stream has ended. Keep reading to watch the full replay and catch up on last week's written recap!

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Windows Central has been livestreaming a wide variety of Xbox One games on every Saturday for quite a while now. As our viewership continues to grow, so does the number of games we want to share with you! Thus we'll now be Twitch streaming a different game every Wednesday as well. That's twice the chances to tune in and chat along with your fellow readers while our staff showcases a great game.

Tonight we'll be streaming the freshly released Hand of Fate from Defiant Development. Hand of Fate offers a unique blend of the card and action genres, with a hint of role-playing thrown in for good measure. There has never been another console game like it, so you'll want to tune in and see whether you're fated to buy this one someday.

Update: The stream has ended. Continue past the break to watch the exciting replay video!

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