3 years ago
Xbox Live - Fusion: Sentient connectivity demonstration
Few things inspire as much excitement in dedicated Windows Phone gamers as connectivity between mobile Xbox Live titles and their Xbox 360 counterparts. Having logged a number of hours with the latest ‘connected’ Windows Phone game, Fusion: Sentient, as well as its Xbox 360 big brother Fusion: Genesis, I thought a demonstration might be in order.
As explained in the video, Fusion: Sentient players can auction or transfer (gift) Sentients (mechs) to Xbox 360 players. In the console game, Sentients provide a number of useful services, including attacking enemies, healing and buffing players, mining for resources, and grabbing loot. Not all Sentients are created equal, and the rarer, more useful types can command a high price in the Auction House.
Windows Phone players don’t benefit much from shipping and selling off their Sentients other than earning credits. What do can you do with those credits on the go? Nothing at all. But there is an Achievement for selling over 200,000 credits worth of Sentients. That would take either tons of raising and selling the little guys, or simply getting somebody to big crazy amounts on one or more of your auctions.
The most ideal connectivity between a console and mobile game would involve both the Windows Phone and Xbox 360 versions benefitting equally from the exchange of data. Fusion: Sentient’s connectivity could be better since it leans heavily towards the console game. Still, Fusion: Genesis players will appreciate the influx of rare Sentients that the phone game brings to the table. Let’s hope future Xbox Live titles on Windows Phone evolve the cross-platform connectivity even further.
Fusion: Sentient costs only $2.99 and there is a free trial. Score it here on the Marketplace. Fusion: Genesis for Xbox 360 costs 800 Microsoft Points ($10) right here. We’ll have a full review of Fusion: Sentient soon.
3 years ago
Nokia to aggressively target U.S. and competitors
Nokia has a not-so-now secret plan, which they aim to stick to when battling it out against Apple and Google's Android. We've witnessed the opening page of this design in the past few weeks with the scale of the advertising and how the two first handsets are priced. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecoms Conference in Barcelona, Stephen Elop had a quick interview with Reuters.
"In the early days our first competitors are the other ecosystems. You see us pricing the devices so that that we can get what we think will be a good volume."
The Lumia 710 is being priced at €270, while the 800 is available at €420 (and was released today in Europe). With giving away 25,000 devices to developers, the manufacturer hopes the attractive prices and relationship building will pay off with sales. It's always been about volume with 2012 being the year when Nokia opens up the flood gates for Windows Phone. Elop moved onto explain that both high and low priced handsets will be brought to the table to combat other platforms.
"Our intent is to go very aggressively to the U.S. market."
Good news for our U.S. friends, Nokia will be hitting the shores hard, and if what they've done in the UK is anything to go by, there should be some exciting devices on the way. Also, Elop mentioned they have no plans for any Windows 8 tablets, but do find the prospect interesting.
3 years ago
Halo Waypoint Mango updated in time for the Anniversary
To celebrate this week’s release of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the mobile Halo Waypoint app has received a significant update. Waypoint is now one of the sleekest-looking Windows Phone apps around thanks to a complete visual overhaul. Mango features include Fast App Switching and the ability to pin specific pages to the start screen. I also love that you can listen to podcasts and even watch episodes of Red vs. Blue from directly within the app. Both audio and video playback utilize a unique interface that keeps them feeling like a part of the app instead of just weblinks. Finally, Custom Challenges are a-go.
The only feature that doesn’t seem to have made it past the finish line yet is the ATLAS map system. ATLAS promises to connect with the Xbox 360 version of Halo Reach (and Anniversary) and provide real-time maps of multiplayer games. ATLAS should hopefully arrive with the next Waypoint update.
Halo Waypoint becomes more useful with each update. While it won’t quite become indispensible until ATLAS joins the party, it’s still a great free download for any serious Halo fan. Grab it here on the Marketplace.
Thanks to The WeeBear and Mosammey for the tip!
3 years ago
Let's Golf 2's online features score a double bogey [UPDATED x2]
Many gamers were justifiably excited about the release of Let’s Golf 2 this week. Let’s count the reasons: it’s a high-quality golf game and clone of Hot Shots Golf, the 3D graphics are pretty for a mobile title, and it proves that Gameloft continues to support Windows Phone, if only a tiny bit. Every new title Gameloft produces (even semi-B-list stuff) potentially brings us one step closer to getting their newer stuff like Dungeon Hunter III, we can only hope.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Let’s Golf 2 is extremely borked. I also hate saying ‘bork,’ but we’re a family-friendly site. While the game looks and plays great, its Xbox Live functionality is completely broken. Busted leaderboards are one thing, but we’re talking Achievements here! You can view them just fine and they pop in-game, but they aren’t associated with your GamerTag. That makes ‘em useless, sadly.
We’ve contacted Microsoft and Gameloft about Let’s Golf 2’s problems and will update when they respond or the game’s online features get fixed. In the meantime, Achievement hunters might want to hold off on playing this one.
UPDATE: A Microsoft representative has informed us that they're aware of the Let's Golf 2 online issues and are actively working to resolve them.
UPDATE 2: We have a report in from Brian M., that the LIVE achievement and leaderboards are now working.
3 years ago
Play the classic game of Snake online and waste time
Nokia has blown us away with the continued marketing efforts, and today is no different. Should you be a frequent MSN UK user (or have happened to visit it at some point today) you will be aware of the Lumia 800 advertising that's plastered everywhere, but did you see the Snake game? Hitting the advertisement square on the right will load up the Snake overlay.
Don't be fooled thinking this is a mere 2D version of the classic title as this game features what would appear to be live tiles and multiple colours making up the snake (resembling the advertising campaign material for the handset). Also, the game makes use of the MSN webpage for elements to be eaten. It's well put together. As well as MSN, Snake will be making an appearance on Yahoo from tomorrow and will be on The Sun’s website from November 21st.
Source: MSN UK via: ElectricPig
3 years ago
Nokia Ace/900 in promotion video?
Take this how you will, but MyNokiaBlog has found something quite interesting. A promotion video has appeared on the Nokia Developer YouTube account, which shows off a particular handset. Could be a concept and a filler, or perhaps the mysterious Nokia Ace/900? Yep, we're still on the Ace. Whatever it may be, the colour and elegance remains, which are both present in the Lumia 710 and 800.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: MyNokiaBlog, thanks JustVisiting for the heads up!
3 years ago
Pulse app updated to v1.1, gets less laggy
The popular (and free) Pulse RSS news app just got a bump this morning to version 1.1 adding some background-updating and some Mango fast-app switching. It's also substantially less laggy now, no doubt due to the Magno-recompile.
Unfortunately, not too many other features were added as far as we can tell--still no Google Reader integration, nor ability to add custom feeds (just search). Nor are there any Live Tiles, so in that sense, the alternate Fuse app is still significantly out pacing it and may be a good choice for those who need more.
Edit: Ah yes, as some folks in comments remind us, this app has always been Mango-ized and has a uncustomizable Live Tile. So what's new? Perhaps just bug fixes and generic "performance enhancments". Enjoy! We're sticking with Fuse.
For those who like free, basic but still solid, you can pick up Pulse v1.1 here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 800 now available, with free coffee in the UK
As we previously covered throughout the marketing campaign Nokia has thrown at us the past few weeks, the Lumia 800 is now available at retail stores (and for delivery through pre-ordering) in the UK and a handful of European countries. The handset, available in black, was greeted by queues of potential buyers outside retail stores across the UK.
The Lumia 800 is being carried by Orange, T-Mobile, Three and Vodafone (Phones4U & Carphonewarehouse, etc. too). O2 were in talks with Nokia to also stock the Windows Phone, but communications broke down with the companies not agreeing on strict criteria laid down by the manufacturer. After today, the next step in Nokia's plan for market domination is a free, public event in London on November 28th, which will see 4D projections being beamed onto the Millbank Tower with deadmau5 performing some numbers.
The above shot illustrates the service Nokia was running for those who were patiently awaiting their turn to get their hands on the new Windows Phone. Rightly so, the queues should be fairly large and sales should be relatively good, with the sheer scale of promotion Nokia has carried out being pretty massive. We had Nokia World, the introduction of the Arch in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre, and roof-hung display boards at Heathrow Airport being overtaken by the handset maker to name but a few.
2012 will prove to be an interesting year for the platform to say the least, but one thing is for sure - we're lucky to have Nokia dedicating all resources. Cyan and magenta choices will arrive later this month for the Lumia 800 (November 28th for magenta) and we expect (and hope) networks to begin pushing Windows Phone as well as Android and the iPhone in the near future.
Let us know in the comments if you went out to get one.
Image credit: Nokia, thanks TheWeeBearUK for the tip!
3 years ago
Let's Golf 2 now available in the Marketplace for $4.99 [Xbox LIVE]
Golf fan? Neither are we. But we have to admit that Let's Golf 2 actually looks kind of fun, mostly because it's not a "dead serious" golf game (translation: boring), but rather more in the vein of "lets have fun with this". We're okay with that. As we wrote earlier on the game:
"First revealed during E3 in June, Let’s Golf 2 is a port of the popular iPhone game. It’s got attractive and stylized 3D graphics (based on Sony’s Hot Shots Golf series), 8 different golfers, and 6 courses containing a total of 108 holes in total. That’s a lot of golfing!"
Indeed. The game is a massive 168MB in size, so get your WiFi ready for the download. Now grab your white pants, gloves and head over here to the Marketplace to get downloading, you'll want to start before the sunrise!
3 years ago
Three other Xbox LIVE titles discounted: Full House Poker, Sonic the Hedgehog and Assassin's Creed
Microsoft has pulled off a nice little surprise this week. Not only does the puzzler Enigmo get a discount, but three other titles are also getting price breaks, two of which we recently seen as Deals of the Week:
Not bad deals at all, especially if you missed past DotW or you really want Assassin's Creed for some reason.
3 years ago
Enigmo Deal of the Week is now active [Xbox LIVE]
For those waiting with bated breath, you can now pick up Enigmo, admittedly an intriguing game, for $1.99. The game is normally a fair $2.99 but hey, we'll take a 33% discount on a fun puzzler any day.
As Paul wrote earlier on the game:
Enigmo’s 50 levels are all about getting water, oil, and lava from their starting points into matching receptacles. You’ll need to use 8 different tools to steer, bounce, and filter the drops in the right direction. See our review to learn more about how the gameplay works.
Enigmo is the only Xbox Live physics puzzle game with 3D graphics, and it has a catchy and romantic soundtrack to boot. The only downside? One of its Achievements is broken, and the update to fix it has languished in certification hell for 6 months now. That’s a bit too long for a simple fix, guys…
Hopefully we'll see that fix soon. In the meantime, score yourself this game right here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Xbox LIVE title ilomilo gets a Mango update
It's been awhile since we've seen ilomilo get an attention. In fact the premier launch game hasn't been touched since February when it received a hefty update, including a whole new story. The popular puzzle game is a great example of an original title for the platform, with great level design and a well executed UI (see our review). One could argue it's one of the best Xbox LIVE titles out there.
Unfortunately while version 1.2 does bring Mango support e.g. fast-app switching (perhaps 60 FPS), no new story was added nor any bells and whistles ala ringtones. In fact, we haven't seen any other changes, but like always we'll get a full changelog as soon as we can and let you know.
Anyways, for those who want it, you can grab the new version right here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Harry, for the tip!
3 years ago
T-Mobile's 1-day sale reduces Radar 4G to $49.99
So T-Mobile is having a one-day sale, called Magenta Day, where they will be offering pretty much all of their smartphones for $49.99. And since the new HTC Radar 4G falls into that category, it too is getting a temporary reduction from its usual $99 asking price.
Of course you still have their lame $50 rebate to get through first, meaning you'll be paying $100 upfront. But if you're into buying from T-Mobile direct, then this is your chance. Personally, we much prefer the Wirefly offer where you just pay $50 now and anytime with no rebates, but that's us. Either way, the $59.99 a month Unlimited Plus Value plan (unlimited minutes & text, plus 2 GB of data, 4G) is a pretty killer offer--just sayin'.
The sale is occurring this Saturday, November 19th. So head on down to your local store if you're interested.
Source: T-Mobile; via Windows Phone Daily, TMoNews
3 years ago
Official Twitter app gets minor update but is now Mango ready
Those of you waiting on the Official Twitter app to get a Facebook-like major update will be dissapointed to know that's not happening. A new, minor version was just pushed to the Marketplace and while it is now Mango-ready (meaning fast-app switching) there are no new features on board--no Live Tile, push notifications or anything significant we've noticed. The version number was minor too going from 1.13944.31667 to version 1.14329.14900--so try to calm you excitement.
It is relatively fast, supports multiple accounts and looks decent enough. So for those with basic Twitter needs, it should be all right. You can grab the official Twitter app here in the Marketplace.
Update: So there are a few more updates in here. For one, you can use Twitter's pic service for your photos (thanks, Amir). Two, it's in the Russian Marketplace now (thanks, @achkasov) and three, it has Arabic language support (thanks, @HmoudAdel). So that ain't half bad, we suppose.
3 years ago
Microsoft giving away Xbox 10th anniversary avatar item
As many of you know, Microsoft is celebrating 10 years of the Xbox this week and in turn, there's also sorts of interesting info and items coming out e.g. Halo Anniversary edition.
For those of you who like Xbox avatar items (but hate paying for them), you may want to head over here to grab yourself their "Xbox Anniversary Prop". The item is basically a gift box that you open with exploding fireworks. You can see "me" above sporting my Fruit Ninja outfit...awww yeah. Okay, it's not exactly the coolest thing we've seen (we like our Windows Phone prop, personally), but it's free and adds a little spice--especially if you have no props currently.
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