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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 IDARB from Other Ocean. IDARB is this month's free Xbox One Games with Gold title and plays like a crazy hybrid of basketball and a platforming game. After a bit of IDARB action, we'll cleanse our pallets with a few rounds of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare from Electronic Arts. Viewers who own either game are welcome to join me for multiplayer during the stream.

Update: The stream has ended! We experienced severe connection issues with IDARB, but our Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare sessions went great. Check out the replay after the break (skip to about 40 minutes in for PvZ).

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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!

In addition to our new regular Wednesday streams, we're kicking off an exciting new stream tonight. Every Tuesday night at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) from now until The Witcher 3 launches in May, we'll be playing The Witcher 2. Not only can you tune in to get acquainted with the story and world of the Witcher games, I'll also be writing a full column about the events of the previous week's stream. Even if you miss a stream, you can still catch up and follow along on the next one!

Update: The stream has ended! We finished the first chapter of the game. Come back next week for a recap, or continue reading to view the full replay video.

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Game Insight, the king of city building games, has just released two new titles for Windows 8 and RT. First up, The Tribez (which already launched on Windows Phone awhile back) is now playable on tablets and PCs. The Tribez is a city builder set in a prehistoric fantasy world.

Secondly, Flower House (which we exclusively announced in December) has just launched on Windows 8 and RT as well. While Flower House plays a bit like a city builder, the focus is actually on growing, breeding, and collecting a huge variety of flowers and other flora. Both games are free to play. Read on for our impressions!

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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), we'll be playing The Golf Club from HB Studios. The Golf Club is the most serious golf sim available on Xbox One, with unique asynchronous multiplayer and a powerful course editor. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out five Xbox One codes, plus several Playstation 4 and Steam codes!

Update: The stream has ended. Congrats to the winners and many thanks to our gracious donors! Read on to see us play The Golf Club and Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island!

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Watch our first look at The Escapists for Xbox One

Windows Central has been livestreaming a wide variety of Xbox One games on Twitch 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 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 kick off our regular Wednesday streams with an early look at The Escapists, the Xbox One exclusive sandbox game in which players have to break out of prison! The Escapists doesn't launch until February 13th, so our stream is a great chance to learn what the game will be like before release.

Update: The stream has ended. Check out our replay for a merry old time. We even embedded the chat in the video this time so you can follow the viewers' conversation!

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Although Microsoft only brought one Xbox One game of its own to PAX South (the highly anticipated State of Decay), our favorite company's presence mostly focused on indie games for Windows – be it PC, phone, or tablet. They called this showcase the Texas Indie Game Lounge. Games available for play in the lounge included Shroud of the Avatar for PC, Gravity Gunners (ID@Xbox), Raising Hell, the Gordian Knot, and Greeble 2.

Developer Fractal Fox's Greeble series tasks players with rescuing tiny creatures called Greebles from the gaping maw of a giant monster. Whereas the first Greeble only appeared on iOS, the sequel will launch on Windows Phone, Windows 8 and RT, Android, and iOS. I got some hands on time with the tablet versions during the show and quite enjoying the monster-tapping game play. Read on for full impressions and an exclusive hands-on video of the upcoming Greeble 2!

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Last week, your friendly neighborhood Games Editor had to miss the Windows 10 event that knocked everyone's socks off. Don't feel sorry for me, though – I was busy with a gaming-specific event in San Francisco. That's where CD Projekt RED hosted the first-ever hands-on event for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, their open-world action-RPG that comes to Xbox One, Windows, and PlayStation 4 this May.

After a short presentation from the game developers, my fellow journalists and I sat down for several hours of uninterrupted playtime with The Witcher 3 on the platforms of our choice. Guess which one I picked! The event wrapped up with a short question and answer session that provided additional insight into what the finished form of The Witcher 3 will be like.

Read on for my detailed gameplay impressions, news of the Witcher 3's second playable character and more!

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The first ever PAX South (PAX stands for Penny Arcade Expo) has been keeping me extremely busy in San Antonio, TX this weekend. We already reported my impressions of State of Decay for Xbox One, and I have impressions of several more Xbox One and mobile Windows games to share with you soon. But first, let me tell you about this morning's Gearbox Panel.

Gearbox, best known as the makers of Borderlands, have a significant presence at PAX South. With one dedicated theatre, a community room and non-stop panels all weekend, you could be forgiven for thinking of PAX South as Gearbox's equivalent of QuakeCon. Today's panel took place in the convention's main theater and focused on the future of Borderlands and Tales from the Borderlands, plus Gearbox's Battleborn and Homeworld projects.

Read on for complete details and photos of everything revealed during Gearbox's highly entertaining presentation!

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Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours, showing you some of the wide variety of games available on Microsoft's latest console. Last week, we streamed Sniper Elite III and dished out codes to 23 lucky viewers.

Tonight, we'll be playing Saints Row IV: Re-Elected from High Voltage Software and Deep Silver. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out a variety of codes as prizes – mostly for Steam this time.

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading to see the replay and list of prize winners!

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The Penny Arcade Expo, also known as PAX, is a videogame and board game-themed fan convention that takes place in a variety of regions across the US and even Australia. The first ever PAX South is currently taking place throughout the weekend in San Antonio, TX at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center. Your man in Texas, Paul Acevedo is right there hunting for choice gaming scoops and interviews.

Microsoft itself has a relatively low key presence at PAX South, but they have teamed up with Undead Labs to offer an early taste of State of Decay: Year One Survivor Edition to the masses. Newly upgraded for Xbox One, State of Decay looks and plays better than ever. Read on for my full impressions and video interview with Jeff Strain of Undead Labs!

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Over the weekend, we published a guide to importing Puyo Puyo Tetris for Xbox One. That guide stirred up old feelings in yours truly, as I wrote strategy guides for years before becoming a gaming journalist and critic. It turns out I had another guide in me, this time for Gameloft's World at Arms for Windows Phone and Windows 8!

World at Arms is a military-themed city building game with strategic battles against AI and human opponents. Many gamers are so over city builders, including me. But World at Arms is one of the better ones, especially now that it has Xbox Live Achievements. Our detailed guide will tell you how to get them all and dominate the online competition!

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We recently looked at a couple of upcoming 2D Xbox One games that have plenty of potential: ' The Escapists' and 'Adventures of Pip.' The former is a distinctive sandbox game set within a series of prisons, whereas the latter is a traditional action platformer with some light puzzles and a great art style. Both games will likely turn out very well. But the 2D game that I'm most excited to see coming to Xbox One is Rogue Legacy from Toronto-based indie developer Cellar Door Games.

Rogue Legacy is an action-platformer with lots of exploration, not unlike my fellow favorites Guacamelee and Strider. The twist is the castle you're sent to explore changes every time you die, at which point you'll return as the descendant of the previous character – complete with new traits and powers.

Rogue Legacy builds on classic games like Castlevania and creates something very different and special. The Xbox One version doesn't have a release date yet, so let our detailed preview tide you over in the meantime.

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On Thursday, 505 Games announced that Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition will be coming to Xbox One and 360 and Playstation systems in March. That will be an excellent time to buy the game, as the Ultimate Edition will include tons of DLC at no extra cost. But maybe you'd like to get it sooner…

Lucky for you guys, 505 Games has kindly given us more than twenty copies of Sniper Elite III (spread across Xbox One, PS4, and Steam) to give out as prizes tonight. All you have to do is follow me at Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch and then tune in to our stream at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) for 90 minutes of sniping fun. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Update: The stream and contest have ended. Thanks to everyone who turned out! Read on for the full stream replay, where you can hear Paul and his new cohost discuss Sniper Elite III and many more fun gaming topics as Paul plays.

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In early December, the Xbox One got its first Japanese exclusive retail game: Puyo Puyo Tetris from Sega. That same month, Ubisoft plopped out another boring, generic Tetris game as a downloadable Xbox One title in English territories: Tetris Ultimate.

But in far-off Japan, Sega crafted a Tetris game that overflows with color, charming characters, a lengthy story-filled campaign, and tons of creative new game types. That's the Tetris we should have gotten, and sadly Sega seems content never to release it outside of Japan.

Luckily, importing and playing Puyo Puyo Tetris on non-Japanese Xbox Ones is actually really easy. And to make things even easier, Japanese Xbox guru @Lifelower and I have teamed up to translate nearly the entire game (minus the story itself)! Check out our exclusive guide to either get the most out of Puyo Puyo Tetris or find out what you're missing!

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World War II-era third-person shooter Sniper Elite III is one of my favorite Xbox One games of 2014. The gameplay combines equal parts stealth and gruesome sniping kills, all in the service of thwarting the Nazi expansion into Africa.

Last year we caught early word of an upcoming Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition that bundles the main game with its downloadable content. Today, publisher 505 Games has officially announced the Ultimate Edition will be coming in March – for the low price of $39.99 on Xbox One and $29.99 on 360.

To celebrate the impending Ultimate Edition, Windows Central is proud to partner with 505 Games on a massive Sniper Elite III giveaway. This Saturday we're streaming the original Sniper Elite III on Twitch and giving out more than twenty copies of the game for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Steam. This is one stream you won't want to miss!

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Earlier this week, indie developer Double Damage Games announced an exciting space epic for Xbox One called Rebel Galaxy. Fans of space-faring science fiction will gravitate towards its mixture of deep space exploration, combat, and adventure.

Meanwhile, another couple of indie games for Xbox One have also just been announced: The Escapists from Team17 and Adventures of Pip from TicToc Games. Both games have two things in common. One: they make use of delightful 2D pixel art, lending them unique looks among today's 3D gaming landscape. And two: both games are the result of successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaigns. Who says 2D is dead? Not the people who funded these two games!

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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. Last week, we streamed Defense Grid 2 and Funk of Titans and dished out codes to 12 lucky viewers.

Tonight, we'll be playing Flockers from Team17. Flockers is a humorous puzzle game starring hordes of hapless sheep. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out six Xbox One codes, plus several Playstation 4 and Steam codes!

Update: The stream has ended and the prizes are gone. Thanks to everyone who joined us - keep reading to see the winners and a full replay of the stream!

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A few years back, Rockstar Games released a fascinating horror-themed add-on for Red Dead Redemption called 'Undead Nightmare.' Many gamers have been zombie-out for years, but we still enjoyed 'Undead Nightmare' for adding dark fantasy to an otherwise realistic Western setting.

UK developer Rebellion clearly took inspiration from 'Undead Nightmare' when spinning off its own Sniper Elite series into the smaller-scale Nazi Zombie Army games for Steam. Yesterday we announced that Rebellion is finally bringing those zombie sniping games to Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Steam in early 2015 as "Zombie Army Trilogy." Now we're back with a detailed look at everything we know about the game so far.

Whether or not zombies are your targets of choice, we have an upcoming Sniper Elite III contest in the works that you won't want to miss!

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Earlier this week, Koei Tecmo released new details on its upcoming Xbox One action-strategy-RPG hybrid Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires. Koei Tecmo has just announced that BladeStorm: Nightmare will now arrive on Xbox One and Playstation 4 on March 17 instead of March 3. Nightmare is an exciting action-strategy game set within the Hundred Years' War between England and France. Even better, monsters and magic will stir things up in a separate campaign.

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Yesterday I named Warriors Orochi 3 as one of my favorite Xbox One games of 2014. Warriors Orochi is a spin-off of the Dynasty Warriors series. Xbox One is due to receive a genuine Dynasty Warriors game soon, the more strategy-focused Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires. The new game had been slated to launch at the end of January, but recently got pushed back to February 24.

To make up for the delay, publisher Koei Tecmo has just announced a preorder bonus. Preorder at GameStop or EB Canada to get an extra costume set for select characters and extra armor for all characters. A big part of the fun in these games is collecting and customizing hundreds of different characters, so the extra armor will help. We've also got new game details, screens, and the full game intro to share with you, so read on!

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