Articles by Paul Acevedo

Divekick review – Kick some heads in this silly fighting game for Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 10, 2014

The Xbox One launched with a killer fighting game that continues to be updated even now. That would be Killer Instinct, which will start its second season of content next week. While the new Killer Instinct was originally developed by Double Helix, Chicago-based Iron Galaxy Studios...

The Evil Within will terrify Xbox gamers next week
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 10, 2014

This week, the Xbox One and 360 got their most frightening game since Outlast. That would be Alien: Isolation. And you might think that after getting chased around by an Alien, that horror fans would literally be frightened to death and no longer able to consume future horror games....

Forza Horizon 2 Mobil 1 Car Pack 1957 Maserati 300 S review
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 09, 2014

Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is a really huge game, with more than 200 cars to collect and race throughout the cities and countrysides of Europe. For some automotive enthusiasts, no quantity of cars could ever be enough. That's where DLC cars come in. The game launched with a VIP...

Carcassonne review – The classic board game returns to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 as a universal purchase Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 09, 2014

Early this summer, a big batch of Xbox Windows Phone and Windows 8 games disappeared from the Store and into the ether. Some of these games would return without their Xbox features, we reported, while others would stay gone for good. One of those delisted titles was Carcassonne, a...

Warframe review – the excellent free alternative to Destiny on Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 07, 2014

A few weeks back, Bungie finally released its first post-Halo game under the Activision label: Destiny. Destiny revolves much more around completing missions and hunting for loot cooperatively with friends than Halo, with far less narrative driving players forward.

Everyone...

Forza Horizon 2 VIP membership for Xbox One review
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 05, 2014

Forza Horizon 2 is one of this year's biggest exclusive games for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The latest in the Forza racing game series, this installment allows players to explore and participate in a huge variety of races throughout an idyllic European countryside. With unparalleled...

Watch us play CastleStorm and Kickbeat on Twitch to win Xbox One games!
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 04, 2014

Earlier today, we announced our plans for improved Xbox One coverage. A big part of that involves hosting contests during our Twitch streaming sessions. And the first of those Twitch contests starts tonight at 7pm Central (8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific).

During tonight's Twitch...

Our Xbox One coverage plans: Contests, Twitch streams, and much more - Forza Horizon 2
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 04, 2014

As our longtime readers know, here at WPCentral we've been covering a lot more than Windows Phone for the last few years. We recognize that a majority of our readership are Microsoft fans in general, so we've stretched our focus to include Microsoft platforms like the Xbox One. In fact...

Forza Horizon 2 review – Race and explore a vast open world on Xbox One and 360
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 02, 2014

Last year, the Xbox One launched with a graphical tour-de-force racing game known as Forza Motorsport 5. This year, Microsoft and developer and developer Playground Games (plus Sumo Digital, who handled the Xbox 360 version) have returned with the more approachable, open world spin-off...

SteelSeries Siberia headsets
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 02, 2014

The Xbox One is the new kid on the block as gaming consoles go, so it's still building up a library of quality accessories. Headsets are one area with a fair degree of choice, though I'm still waiting on Microsoft to create an Xbox One wireless headset standard. But we have looked at...

Play Xbox One with Playstation controllers and vice versa using the Titan One peripheral
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 01, 2014

You know, the Xbox One controller is pretty great. It features a much superior d-pad to that of the Xbox 360's, and unparalleled rumble in the trigger buttons to boot. On the other hand, the bumper buttons are a step back from the 360's, and will never be as responsive as you'd want in...

Lumsing Harmonica Power Bank review Lumia 1520 920
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 29, 2014

As smartphone and tablet technology advances by leaps and bounds every year, battery technology unfortunately progresses at a much different pace. Even powerful phones like the Lumia 1520 will run out of power before long if you do much gaming and movie watching on them. Wall and car...

Asphalt Overdrive Windows Phone impressions
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 28, 2014

Last week, we broke the news that Gameloft's Asphalt Overdrive would soon be launching, which it did just a few days larer. Asphalt Overdrive is a new take on the Asphalt series, with simplified controls and endless races. It's still just as fast and beautiful as you'd expect from an...

KickBeat Special Edition review Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 26, 2014

Zen Studios is best known for Pinball FX2, but this week they released two totally different games for Xbox One: CastleStorm: Definitive Edition and KickBeat: Special Edition. KickBeat started out on Playstation 3 and Vita, finally arriving on Xbox One today in this new edition.

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Xbox One launch exclusives Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, and Ryse getting GOTY Editions
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 26, 2014

The Xbox One launched with three exclusive retail titles last year: Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, and Ryse: Son of Rome. Did you buy the system at launch or shortly thereafter, but miss out on some of those games? Or maybe you're planning to jump in with one of this fall's bundles...

Nutjitsu for Xbox One finally nabs a worldwide release
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 24, 2014

Nutjitsu from NinjaBee arrived on Xbox One in May of this year. It enjoyed the distinction of being the cheapest Xbox One title at the time, ringing up at only $6.49. It was also the second ID@Xbox game (following Strike Suit Zero), as well as the second Windows 8 game to become an Xbox...

Cloud Raiders sails onto Windows 8 Microsoft Surface Pro
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 24, 2014

Clash of Clans-style games are all the rage on mobile these days. In the last couple of weeks we've seen Age of Empires: Castle Siege and Star Wars: Commander arrive on both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 and RT. Both games have the obvious appeal of their franchises behind them, but for...

WPCentral Dream of Pixels contest
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 23, 2014

Today Windows Phone Central looked at a software tool called Automagical that allows developers to translate iOS and Mac source code to the language used by Windows Phone and Windows 8. Automagical developer Dawn of Play used that same tool to bring gorgeous reverse Tetris puzzle game...

Automagical helps developers port iOS code to Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 23, 2014

Earlier in the summer we reported on a strikingly lovely Windows Phone puzzle game called Dream of Pixels. The game comes from Slovenian developer Dawn of Play, who first joined the Windows Phone scene with Twinoo, another puzzle game for Windows Phone 7 and 8.

Like many...

Asphalt Overdrive coming Thursday
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 23, 2014

During E3 this year, Gameloft announced the latest game in the Asphalt series of racers. Surprisingly, the next Asphalt won't be Asphalt 9. Instead, the series is spinning off in a new direction with Asphalt Overdrive. Instead of a serious arcade-style racer, the new Asphalt will be an...