Articles by Paul Acevedo

US Carrier Apps review Windows Phone Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 03, 2014

Windows Phone is one of the more carrier-agnostic platforms out there. You can get one or more Windows Phones from every major carrier in the US, and many of the smaller ones like Cricket too. And many of those carriers choose to offer proprietary apps in order to differentiate their...

Lumsing Bluetooth NFC Speaker Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 01, 2014

Not long ago, we reviewed an attractive little Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker from Lumsing. I loved the speaker's stylish design, sound, and resistance to water. On the other hand, its battery life could have been better.

If you're looking for a louder speaker with better battery...

Outlast Twitch stream
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 29, 2014

It has been a busy holiday week of Xbox One Twitch streaming for the good folks at Windows Central, as we've already shared Kalimba, Thomas Was Alone, Pier Solar, and Geometry Wars 3 with our readers. Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) we continue with the game-playing...

Tales from the Borderlands premiere Randy Pitchford
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 27, 2014

Tales from the Borderlands is a brand-new episodic adventure game set within the Borderlands universe. A collaboration between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software, Tales is the most story-driven Borderlands game yet. Players can grab the episodes individually as they are released, or...

Pier Solar and Geometry Wars 3 Twitch stream
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 26, 2014

Yesterday we kicked off our holiday week of Xbox One Twitch streams by showcasing platforming games Kalimba and Thomas Was Alone. Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) we continue with the game-playing festivities, showcasing two recently released Xbox One titles.

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Watch our Xbox One platformer Twitch stream tonight and win Kalimba codes!
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 25, 2014

We've got a busy week of Xbox One Twitch streaming lined up for you guys, and plenty of great prizes to sweeten the deal! Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) we'll give you a chance to see two new and upcoming 2D platformers.

First we'll stream our first look at...

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...