Just over a week before its release on November 18, Rockstar Games has posted the official launch trailer for Grand Theft Auto V for the Xbox One, showing off its revamped graphics compared to 2013's version for the Xbox 360.
Amsterdam-based game developer and publisher Lunagames says that it has recorded over five million downloads of its titles made for Windows Phone since it launched its first games for Microsoft's operating system in May 2014. It now plans to increase its Windows Phone support with the aim of doubling its game downloads by the end of 2014.
We're into the home stretch, 2014! This week is probably one of the biggest of 2014, so get your wallets ready. As we all know, this week Microsoft will be unleashing Halo: The Master Chief Collection to your living rooms as what is probably the biggest Xbox One release of the year. Ubisoft also has a pair of games coming out. One features a master assassin while the other is a lesser known title and is Kinect only. A superhero makes his first debut on Xbox one as well as indie hit Terraria. Continue reading for the full list of this week's releases.
Target is offering what looks like the best price for an Xbox One console bundle we have seen so far for Black Friday 2014. The retailer will sell the Xbox One Assassin's Creed bundle, plus a free $50 Target gift card, for just $329.99 during its Black Friday sales event.
Microsoft will live stream HaloFest, their launch celebration for the Xbox One game Halo: The Master Chief Collection and as part of the festivities, the company will show the first official gameplay from the upcoming multplayer test for Halo 5: Guardians.
Amazing Ninja is a Windows Phone game that has a minimalistic design and feel but is not without challenge. The story line behind Amazing Ninja has you playing the role of a young ninja warrior whose girlfriend has been captured by an evil witch.
Game play with Amazing Ninja is a little less dramatic. You jump your ninja through a maze of passages to eventually reach your girlfriend. The game is available for low-memory devices, Amazing Ninja does not have many bells and whistles and can be a rather frustrating game at times. While some may find Amazing Ninja to be a fun time waster, others will be turned off by the overbearing ads that appear throughout the game.
Microsoft continues to offer new promotional efforts for its next Xbox One game, Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This weekend, it launched Halo: Starscope, a website that allows its visitors to explore the vast fictional Halo universe in a more interactive and immersive fashion.
Windows Phone Game Roundup: Hidden Object Games
For those not familiar, the Windows Phone Store has combed through the hundreds of thousands of apps and games to create a series of Collections to help users get started in the right direction. You have Collections for voice command apps, photo apps, Disney games, racing games and more.
This week's Windows Central roundup is going to focus on the Hidden Object Games Collection. These titles offer a casual approach to gaming and call upon you to find objects hidden in plain sight, much as you would find in a game of I Spy. While the games lack fast paced action, they can still present their fair share of challenges. They test your powers of observation, patience and most will throw in a few mysteries to solve along the way.
Microsoft will release a remastered version of the Halo 2 soundtrack on November 11, the same day that it will launch Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One, which includes the graphically revamped game Halo 2: Anniversary.
Nova Bacon is an arcade styled Windows Phone game where you are in charge of supplying the pork products (a.k.a. pigs) for an outer space fly-thru restaurant. You'll snatch up wayward pigs as they roam the earth and protect them from attempts by humans to save them from slaughter as you haul them to your restaurant in outer space.
Available for low-memory devices, Nova Bacon is another Microsoft Garage project and isn't a terrible game to pass the time with. It could use a little fine-tuning as game play does feel a little drawn out.
Fast & Furious 6 brings you the excitement with new heist modes where you earn cash and respect as you race, drift, and drag through the streets of London taking on opponents. Released for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, the game allows you to customize and choose from among a variety of licensed cars with stunning graphics.
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 map from Halo 2. See this story for videos from the stream.
Tonight, Sam and I are dishing out one last preview of the Master Chief Collection, this time by playing campaign missions from Halo 2 and 4 in online co-op! Join us at Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch at 8pm Central (6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern) for a final early taste of the greatest Halo game/collection of all time.
Update: The stream is over. Congrats to the winners!
Blizzard has unvieled some new details surrounding the last addition to StarCraft II, Legacy of the Void. Legacy of the Void builds off of the story told in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, and Heart of the Swarm, and places you in the role of a Protoss commander. Blizzard showed off some of the multiplayer features today at Blizzcon, and posted a new trailer for the game.
Overwatch is a new PC game that was announced at BlizzCon that brings super heroes to the first-person shooter genre. Set in a highly stylized future earth at a technologically advanced era, Overwatch brings a task force together to restore order to a war-torn world.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be getting its first expansion next month. Focusing on the rivalry between Warcraft's Goblin and Gnome races, the expansion is called, appropriately, Goblins vs Gnomes.
Microsoft has a bundle of cool game bundles for the Xbox One console on sale for the holidays, but it has not forgotten the older Xbox 360. This week, the company introduced a new $179 version of the nine-year old console with a 4GB hard drive and a code to get a free downloadable copy of PopCap's recent casual game Peggle 2.
Balls in Line Lite is a Windows Phone game that is described as a remake of the classic game Color Lines that has been fine-tuned to meet today's gamers needs. I'm not exactly sure what "today's gamers needs" means but Balls in Line Lite seems to have more of a board game feel and slightly better graphics than it's predecessors .
Available for low memory devices, Balls in Line Lite has two gaming modes where you are tasked with creating lines of at least five or 2x2 squares of the same colored balls. The game takes on a bit of a casual pace with no timer to race and has its fair share of challenges. At first glance, Balls in Line Lite comes across as a good title to have handy in your Windows Phone gaming library when you are in the mood for a casual puzzle game.
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 digital preorders, and a new commercial rolled out today as well.
Now that the multiplayer update is locked and loaded, Windows Central can finally deliver the multiplayer Twitch preview that we've wanted. Join us at Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch tonight at 11pm Central (9pm Pacific, Midnight Eastern) to watch Sam Sabri and me play the Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer maps. Warning: I'm not that great at Halo (Sam is better), but that's part of the fun.
Update: The stream is over. Thanks to everyone who watched and chatted with us!
Far Cry 4 is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. There are two versions available to download in the Xbox Store as well as its season pass DLC. We have the standard Far Cry 4 which is available for $59.99, and we have Far Cry 4 Gold Edition, which is available for $89.99. The season pass itself goes for $29.99.
One of the more popular endless-runner games for Windows Phone picks up yet-another update today for its World Tour. Yes, Subway Surfers, which always garners a plethora of tips from you folks, is now in Bangkok along with new contests, themes and more.
Head to the Store and version 184.108.40.206 is sitting there ready for you to update. Kiloo games has even released a rather detailed changelog and accompanying YouTube video to demonstrate the changes.
Gamers who have pre-ordered the digital edition of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One have discovered that the big "day-one" update for the first person shooter will be "just" 15 GB. While that's a large download, it's still 25 percent smaller than the 20 GB file size that developer 343 Industries originally claimed. The total installation comes to 59.1 GB.
One of the most popular games franchises is now in the hands of Microsoft. Phil Spencer, the head of its Xbox division, announced today that the previously announced $2.5 billion acquisition of Minecraft and its development team at Mojang, is now officially completed.
Microsoft's Upload gameplay video feature in its Xbox One console is expanding its reach to other platforms. This week, owners of the older Xbox 360 will be able to start watching curated clips from Xbox One owners on their own Upload app. Also, anyone with an Internet connection and a web browser will be able to watch a selection of Upload videos from Xbox.com. But uploading? That's still limited to just the Xbox One.
Microsoft's Halo: The Master Chief Collection is arriving on November 11, as you might expect, the software maker is heavily promoting the launch, including events at all of its retail locations in the US and Canada. Microsoft is now rolling out a commercial that highlights the game, as well as touting the $349 promotion that is valid on the Xbox One for the holidays.