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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 stream, we'll be playing CastleStorm: Definitive Edition and KickBeat: Special Edition from Zen Studios. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out three Xbox One codes for CastleStorm and KickBeat, plus four Pinball FX2 tables during the stream! Just follow me on Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch, watch along, and be there in chat for your chance to win. Update: the contest is over. Continue reading to watch the replay and see the winners.

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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, we've been covering the Xbox One since well before its launch last year.

You might also know that we're headed towards a name change to the site that reflects our broader focus. That's good, because we've also been ramping up our Xbox One coverage as of late. On top of best-in-class Windows Phone and reporting, we want this site to become one of your major destinations for Xbox One stories. Towards that end, we have big plans revolving around the Xbox One. That includes giving out free games and prizes every week, starting tonight! Keep reading for the full story.

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Top New and Rising Windows Phone Shooter Games

Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Shooter Games

If you are curious as to what new gaming and app titles are available in the Windows Phone Store, you need to check out the New and Rising section in the Store. You can filter out all the games and apps or dial it down to a specific genre to see what's new.

Once genre of games listed in the Store is the shooter games. These games typically call upon you to work your way through various gaming levels blasting everything in sight. They are often played from a first person point of view but you also have plenty games that are from a third person point of view where you control a character from an overhead view throughout the game.

For this week's roundup, we plucked four of the top rated Windows Phone shooter games from the New and Rising section of the Store. We have a somewhat traditional combat oriented game, a game that puts you at the target range, one where you hunt down dinosaurs and flipped a coin between the two Zombie oriented games that are in the top five titles. Ends up we picked the one with better graphics.

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Every now and then, we check out Windows Phone Store title designed for our younger audience, finding ourselves stumbling upon a gem of a game or app. Pango Zoo is one such app that is an attractive, dare I say impressive, Windows Phone children's game that lets your child interact with a host of zoo animals.

The game has more of a storybook feel than a gaming feel with five adventures for your child to discover and play through. The illustrations and animations are nicely drawn up and while the user interface does require a little exploration, that isn't necessarily a bad thing for children's game.

Available for low-memory devices, Pango Zoo comes across as a fun Windows Phone gaming title well suited for your Kid's Corner. It is a fun time waster of a game that you and your children should enjoy.

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Bow Man HD, archery duels from your Windows Phone

Bow Man HD is a Windows Phone game that will test your skills at archery by way of a dueling contest where you need to take out your opponent before they take you out. The game has three dueling modes along with target shoot where you get to shoot down passing birds.

Bow Man HD is a sequel of sorts to the original Bow Man game that was released earlier this year. The original was in black and white and the HD version simply adds more color to the mix. Even with the added color, graphics are minimal with Bow Man HD.

Game play is mildly challenging and Bow Man HD is available for low-memory devices. It's not the most action packed game in Windows Phone Store but if you are in the hunt for a decent time waster, Bow Man HD is worth a try.

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Star Wars: Tiny Death Star & Star Wars Assault Team will soon be pulled from the Windows Phone Store. Today, Disney pulled both games from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The Developers of the game, Nimblebit, have announced that Disney gave them no prior knowledge of the move. The sad thing about it, is that both titles haven't even been available for a year, with Star Wars Assault Team only being six months old.

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Defense Grid 2 is the sequel to Hidden Path Entertainment's 2009 critically-acclaimed Xbox Live Arcade tower defense strategy game. Having achieved so much with the first entry, Hidden Path still felt like they could outdo themselves with a next-gen version. And indeed Defense Grid 2 is easily the best tower defense game on Xbox One right now.

If you're someone that likes tower defense games, but feel as if most of them are too easy, perhaps this is the game you need to play. Defense Grid 2 has layers and layers of complexity. This isn't just "put down the towers at the beginning of the wave and watch it defeat your enemies." This is more of a scramble fast to build your towers and put them in the right spots early, or watch your enemy easily pick you apart. Check out our detailed review to learn how it all works.

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The Return of the Ducks is a Windows Phone shooter game that has you battling evil ducks who are dead set on stealing your pumpkins.

As you might guess, you are tasked with blasting these ducks out of the sky before they can abscond with your pumpkins. The game includes twenty levels of play, a wide assortment of guns and not too shabby graphics.

The game is available for low-memory devices and while The Return of the Ducks presents itself as a fun game to pass the time with, several performance issues holds this gaming title back.

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Grandpa and the Zombies roll into Windows Phone

Popular zombie TV series, The Walking Dead, is coming back very soon. But while you wait, perhaps you want to play a fun zombie game on your Windows Phone device? "Grandpa and the Zombies" lets you play as Grandpa Willy who has just woken up in a hospital full of zombies. There are 120 levels available. We've just installed it on our huge Nokia Lumia 1520. Take a look at our gameplay video!

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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 Forza Horizon 2.

The new Horizon improves upon Forza 5's gorgeous graphics engine and photorealistic cars, creating the best looking racer yet. Players drive across southern Europe solo or online, exploring the countryside and participating in hundreds of events at their leisure. You won't find another racing game with Forza Horizon 2's sense of exploration and adventure. Learn about the game's wealth of races and social features in our comprehensive review with video, and be sure to join the WPCentral club!!

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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 several headsets in a buyer's guide, and you can sometimes find deals on the official Stereo Headset.

We'll soon have a new quality wired headset to look forward to thanks to popular gaming accessory manufacturer SteelSeries. The company just announced the SteelSeries Siberia headset family. This new product line consists of four distinctive gaming headsets that range in price from $60-$200. Besides sharp looks and the promise of equally sharp sound, at least one Siberia headset model looks like it will come packaged with an Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.

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Cops is a retro styled Windows Phone arcade game that has pixelated, monotone graphics and mildly challenging game play. You play the role of one of the most wanted criminals and have to navigate through the nine platform styled gaming levels.

You can run, jump and shoot your way through all the coppers who are determined to throw you in the big house. Along with the run of the mill street cops, you will also have to face off with two bosses.

Reminiscent of the old GameBoy, or maybe even the Commodore 64 video games, Cops does have a certain level of appeal and is available for low-memory devices.

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The sequel to Krashlander is now available on Windows Phone. You'll remember the original Krashlander as one of the most popular games on Windows Phone way back in the day. The sequel, Krashlander - Ski, Jump, Crash!, continues the gameplay and mechanics you remember from the original. This long overdue followup features more levels, more polish, better physics and more!

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2K Sports reveals NBA 2K15's new MyPark features

Basketball season is upon us and that really only means one thing to us gamers, NBA 2K15 will be in our hands shortly. Today, the guys over at 2K Sports revealed how they plan on taking MyPARK, which debuted last year on NBA 2K14, to another level on Xbox One. However, this year it's going beyond just the park. New features include affiliations, Jordan Rec Center, new rep system, and even a MyPARK Championship.

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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 a game like Killer Instinct.

A company called Console Tuner is on the case. They have engineered a USB peripheral called the Titan One that lets you use Playstation 4 controllers with the Xbox One, and vice versa. In fact, you can even use Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and pretty much any USB controller on your modern consoles. You have to admit, that sounds like an especially useful accessory.

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Blizzard previews Hearthstone's first full expansion

Blizzard has started talking about plans for the next expansion to it's free-to-play digital trading card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The game's first add-on, Curse of Naxxramas, arrived earlier this year with a new single-player campaign, but the upcoming new content would be a full expansion, with over 100 new cards for everyone to play with. While Naxxramus was designed with a single-player focus, Hearthstone's first expansion will have something for new and veteran players, according to Polygon:

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Run Down, a fast-paced survival game for Windows Phone

Run Down is a fast paced, arcade styled game of survival where you have to control a falling ball and make sure it never reaches the top of the screen. Call it a reverse jumper game for Windows Phone.

It's a game of survival with simple controls, three difficulty levels and a handful of ball styles to choose from. Run Down isn't an overly complicated game but has it's fair share of challenges. The game is available for low-memory devices and Run Down isn't a bad gaming option to have in your Windows Phone gaming library for the times you need a little help burning a few minutes.

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If you like cool new indie games, then you owe it to yourself to check out Chariot. This 2D platformer from developer Frima is now available for purchase for the Xbox One console and best of all, this game, which normally costs $14.99, will be free to download for the entire month of October for people who subscribe to the Xbox Live Gold service.

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Microsoft has published a new documentary on Xbox One looking into the world of Interactive Gateway, a UK-based games studio behind the title Spectra. Louis Deane and his colleagues talk about how the startup joined the Microsoft Ventures accelerator and how the game itself came to be. If you're not familiar with Spectra, it's a retro arcade-style racing game, which makes good use of an awesome soundtrack to produce a procedurally generated experience.

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