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Although Japan has a rich history of game development, it's relatively uncommon for Japanese-developed Windows PC games to be released in English markets. That makes the recent releases of Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure (see our review) and Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim on Steam reason for celebration. Both games were developed by Nihon Falcom, with Mastiff publishing Gurumin and XSEED publishing Ys VI.

To find out more about Nihon Falcom's experience with bringing its games to Steam, we teamed up with Mastiff to interview Toshihiro Kondo, company President, and Representative Managing Director. He provides unique insights on Steam, Windows 8 and 10, Gurumin, Ys, and even Xbox One.

We also have a Gurumin guidebook signed by voice actress Tara Strong to give away to one lucky reader. Read on for details!

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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 have a special double stream with two games and double the prizes to win! First up, we'll be playing the humorous fighting game Divekick: Addition Edition from Iron Galaxy Studios. Then we'll follow up with numerical puzzle game Threes from Hidden Variable Entertainment. Watch along and you could win one or both games!

Update: The stream has ended. Read on for my detailed impressions of both games, the list of contest winners, and the YouTube video replay (edited for entertainment value) of the stream!

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Lately I've been quite taken with Resident Evil Revelations 2's multiplayer Raid mode, which finally received online multiplayer on Xbox One last week. Before that, my cooperative multiplayer game of choice was Dragon Age Inquisition from Electronic Arts. Inquisition has a small but addictive co-op mode that sits completely separate from the game's massive campaign.

While Dragon Age Inquisition multiplayer is a lot of fun for loot hunters, the mode's scant three areas certainly limit staying power. That will improve next week with the launch of the 'Dragonslayer' multiplayer DLC. The free downloadable content adds a new area with a dragon boss and three new characters to the fray.

With the new 'Dragonslayer' content coming to Dragon Age Inquisition in just a few days, now is the time to get into multiplayer and learn the ropes. Read on for our quick multiplayer guide and more 'Dragonslayer' update details.

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Every weekend the Windows Central streams an Xbox One and/or Windows 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 How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition. Take the survival mechanics of State of Decay and mix them with a cooperative twin-stick shooter with a sense of humor and you get How to Survive. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out more than 20 codes for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam!

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading for game impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay in YouTube format!

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Royal Revolt 2 from Flare Games is one of the best raiding games on Windows Phone and Windows 8. Whereas most raiding games feature somewhat casual strategic attacks on opponents, Flare's take goes a different direction. Every raid is full of action, with the player directly running through other players' levels and attacking their troops and defenses head-on. I've been playing it daily for over a year, which speaks to its amazing addictiveness and fun factor.

Earlier this week we reported that Royal Revolt 2 had been updated to support Alliance Wars, an exciting new feature. Alliance Wars have finally gone live, and the Windows Central Alliance is right in the thick of things. Read on to learn how Alliance Wars work and find out how you can join our site's official alliance!

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Windows Central streams a wide variety of Xbox One and Windows 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 videogames!

Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT) we'll be streaming State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition. This is the new and improved version of the popular zombie survival game State of Decay that comes out on Xbox One and Steam next week. Want to see how it runs on current gen platforms before it launches? Of course you do!

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading for the full replay video in YouTube format!

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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 appeared on PlayStation consoles and portables. Luckily, four Ys games are available on Windows PCs via Steam.

Windows gamers now have another Ys to look forward to, as XSEED Games has announced that Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim will be coming to Steam and GOG.com. We don't have long to wait either. The Ark of Napishtim will launch on April 28th. With several graphical enhancements and an all-new translation, this is one game that fans of classic action-RPGs won't want to miss.

Read on for our full preview with trailer, screenshots, and concept art!

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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 year's release of Age of Wonders III, Triumph has kept strategy fans busy by releasing free updates and a first paid expansion called 'The Golden Realms.'

Today Age of Wonders III received another major free update - the Version 1.5 Update, as well as a second expansion: 'Eternal Lords.' The update refines an already tight strategy game with numerous tweaks and enhancements. 'Eternal Lords' adds an all-new campaign, two new playable fantasy races, and much more.

We'll have a full Steam Spotlight review of Age of Wonders III in the weeks to come. For now, check out our quick game impressions and 'Eternal Lords' DLC details!

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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 Thomas was Alone from Mike Bithell and Curve Digital. A puzzle platforming game starring a charming array of characters, Thomas was Alone will melt even the coldest heart. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out a whopping 30 codes for Xbox One and PlayStation consoles!

Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading for impressions, contest winners, and the full stream replay on YouTube!

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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 Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved from Lucid Games and Sierra/Activision. Not only is Geometry Wars 3 the best twin-stick shooter on Xbox One, this week it received a massive update that adds new levels, modes, and items. Watch us play that new content tonight and you could win a copy of the game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Windows!

Update: The stream has ended. Read on for game the contest winners, game impressions, and full YouTube replay of the stream!

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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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