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2 years ago

Preview: Hands on with Battlefield: Hardline on Xbox One

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Visceral Games (Dead Space, Dante's Inferno) seek to put their mark on a beloved franchise with Battlefield: Hardline. Dropping the large-scale destruction and military themes of previous games, Battlefield: Hardline segues into high octane urban battles between cops and robbers.

Thanks to EA Access' Xbox One exclusive trial period, we've been able to go hands on with Battlefield's latest installment and all signs thus far seem positive.

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2 years ago

Steam Spotlight: Crypt of the NecroDancer for Windows

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Welcome to our new feature, Steam Spotlight! Every weekend we will look at a different game available on Steam, the popular digital distribution platform for Windows computers. With the indie gaming scene exploding on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, many of these titles will eventually make their way to consoles. But why wait when you can play exciting titles on your Surface Pro or PC right now?

Today's Spotlight title is Crypt of the NecroDancer from Brace Yourself Games and Klei Entertainment, makers of XBLA hit Mark of the Ninja. Take one part dungeon crawler, one part rhythm game, another part "Roguelike," mix them cleverly together and you have NecroDancer. Exploring super-tough dungeons while hopping to catchy beats is a fresh and engrossing experience.

Read on for our detailed impressions and slam dancin' video review!

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2 years ago

Yes, Battlefield Hardline has a drivable couch called 'The American Dream'

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2 years ago

More features and improvements found in leaked Windows 10 build 10036

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2 years ago

Review: Zombie Army Trilogy for Xbox One and Windows

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Zombie Army Trilogy began life as Sniper Elite: Zombie Army - a standalone expansion for Rebellion's popular third person stealth games.

As a console gaming fan of Sniper Elite and zombie games in general, I was hyped to hear Rebellion were bringing Zombie Army 1, 2 and the previously unreleased third installment to Xbox One, PC and PS4 in a single gory bundle.

Rebellion are an independent developer based in the UK, and enjoy a rich history spanning over 20 years. The company has worked as a third party developer on major IPs, such as Call of Duty and Alien, but are perhaps most notable for the aforementioned in-house sniper sims. As a mod of Sniper Elite, Zombie Army Trilogy bares striking similarities. Weaponry, gameplay controls and the iconic x-ray kill cam make their way from Sniper Elite, but also the bugs, v-sync issues and b-movie-style lack of polish all serve to prevent the game from achieving its full potential. Issues aside, there's only one question that really matters: "Is Zombie Army Trilogy fun?"

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2 years ago

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This week in Xbox One game news: March 14th 2015

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Watch us play Forza Horizon 2 with our community and check out next week's Twitch schedule

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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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2 years ago

Windows 10 looks to have built-in peer-to-peer OS and app updating support

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A leaked build of Windows 10 is showing an interesting new feature: support for peer-to-peer updating of apps and the OS.

The leak of Windows 10 build 10036 (the current version is build 9926) includes a settings option that allows you download app and OS updates from Microsoft as well as PCs on your local network and PCs on the internet. Yep, P2P OS and app updates.

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2 years ago

More than 1 million bits of feedback have been submitted by Windows Insiders

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2 years ago

Lumia 435 hits UK's Carphone Warehouse for an absurd £29.99 on prepaid

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The newest entry-level phone is now available from the UK's Carphone Warehouse for the absurdly-low price of just £29.99.

If you've been looking for a cheap way to get in to Windows Phone, or just a cheap spare to have around or something for the kids, the Microsoft Lumia 435 from Carphone Warehouse might be just the phone you're looking for. Available for pay-as-you-go plans on Orange, Vodaphone, O2, T-Mobile, and Virgin, the phone clocks in at as low as £29.99 (or £39.99 if you need to get it with a new SIM).

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2 years ago

Microsoft's apparently passing on $110 million Cyanogen funding round

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Alternative Android OS developer Cyanogen is poised to raise around $110 million in a funding round, but contrary to earlier reports, Microsoft might not be chipping in.

Several weeks ago brought the news that Microsoft was considering investing in Cyanogen and their customized Android system CyanogenMod. That OS is installed on a few retail devices, including the OnePlus One and the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+, as well as being freely available to download and install on a wide range of Android devices. But it seems that the Microsoft's opting not to take part in this funding round.

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2 years ago

Star Wars: Commander gets rare update, now supports 512 MB phones, new features

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Back in September of last year, we saw the release of Star Wars: Commander, one of the many game franchises trying to cash in on the Clash of Clans phenomenon. Since then, we have seen much in the way of updates, unlike Age of Empires: Castle Siege.

However, today a nice update has gone out. Besides adding new features, those with 512 MB phones can now get in on the action too as the game has been optimized for low memory devices.

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2 years ago

Microsoft celebrates Pi Day by selling Xbox Music Pass for just $31.41

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