Cars: Fast as Lightning is now available for Windows Phone. The latest game from mobile developer Gameloft dropped last Friday on Windows 8.1. Now those on Windows Phone can enjoy the game based on the popular Pixar series. And it's free.
This week sees the release of a very scary game for Xbox One and Xbox 360: The Evil Within. But October is the month of scares, so more horror-themed games are called for. It looks like we'll be getting a couple of those closer to Halloween. The lighthearted Costume Quest 2 is due out near the end of the month (possibly on the 31st), and now 505 Games' How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition for Xbox One has a firm Halloween release date.
How to Survive is an action-RPG set on a zombie-infested island. Besides including a ton of DLC previously released on PC, the new How to Survive also boasts 2-player local and online co-op for optimal zombie killing. In celebration of the game's spooky release date, 505 Games has just released a new teaser trailer that highlights a variety of zombie kills. Keep reading to check out our impressions and the very short trailer.
Zen Studios will add two new tables to its Pinball FX2 game for Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles this week based on South Park, allowing its fans to interact in an all new way with Cartman, Kyle, Stan, Kenny and many of the other characters from the long-running animated TV series.
It's horror season, and what better way to celebrate that than with some games that will make you scream! However, it is also apparently re-mastered edition season as two of our games are re-releases of last gen games. First up this week, we have zombies with the first release of The Walking Dead: Season One on Xbox One. Secondly, there is The Evil Within from Bethesda Softworks is our other big game this week which is sure to give you nightmares after playing alone and in the dark. Lastly, we ditch the horror scene for a more action oriented game with Sleeping Dogs: Definitive edition. Continue reading to see which ones are worth the buy.
If you own a Xbox One or Xbox 360 with its Kinect sensor, then you have a chance to play a free demo of one of the few remaining Kinect exclusive games made for both platforms, Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.
Update 2 Microsoft has just informed us that the game "was briefly made available in the marketplace for Windows Phone customers to download and play for a short period while testing." So it's only available in a few markets until it completes the company's certification process.
Update: Currently, the game appears to be US-only.
As previously announced, Microsoft has launched a new entry in its long running Zoo Tycoon simulation game series, Zoo Tycoon Friends, as a free-to-play game for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 devices.
Last week we promised to bring you more Xbox One accessory reviews, and we weren't kidding! I have no less than six controllers and other accessories in the hopper, just waiting to be put through their paces so that our readers can know what's up. First up will be the new Xbox One Mini Series Wired Controller from Power A (makers of the MOGA controllers.
The Mini Series Wired Controller is exciting for a number of reasons. Along with Power A's Spectra Controller, it's one of the very first two wired controllers for Xbox One. Many gamers prefer wireless for comfort, but wired controllers can still be very handy. The Mini Series controller is also smaller than a standard Xbox One controller, making it more suitable for players with small hands. And last but not least, it sells for $39.99 – $20 less than the standard controller.
Read on to find out whether the Mini Series Controller is right for you.
Last week we announced our plans for improved Xbox One coverage. A big part of that involves hosting contests during our Twitch streaming sessions. Our first session (CastleStorm and KickBeat) went off without a hitch, with ten Xbox One codes given away. Now it's time for the second session!
During tonight's Twitch stream, we'll be playing the gorgeous puzzle platformer Contrast from Compulsion Games. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out three Xbox One codes for Contrast, plus several Playstation 4 and Steam codes! That's right, even our unfortunate non-Xbox One owning brethren can win this time. Just follow me on Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch, watch along, and be there in chat for your chance to win. (You can also watch the event live or after the fact, right here.)
Update: The stream went down great! Continue reading to see the whole video stream and the list of contest winners.
There are still tens of millions of Xbox 360 owners out there, but some of them may still not have signed up for Microsoft's paid Xbox Live Gold service. This weekend, the company has allowed all Xbox 360 users to access features found only on Xbox Live Gold for free.
The closed beta for Fable Legends on Xbox One is starting next week. Earlier this year, at E3 2014, we learned that Fable Legends would be getting a beta on Xbox One in late 2014. Registration emails are now being sent out to anyone who signed up to be notified. The beta starts next week on October 16.
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 eventually took over on development duties. Iron Galaxy has quite the history with fighters, having developed/ported several Xbox 360 fighters for Capcom.
Now Iron Galaxy has just published its own fighting game Divekick: Addition Edition + on Xbox One as part of the ID@Xbox program. Divekick is anything but serious, filled with joke and parody characters and requiring only two buttons to play. It's a fighter boiled down to the barest essentials. Bring your sense of humor and appreciation for fighting games and you're going to love the art of divekicking. Read on for our detailed review and watch Jonathan Dollison and I divekick it on video!
A few weeks ago, Microsoft acquired Minecraft makers Mojang for a rather large sum of money. The next obvious question is when can we see Minecraft Pocket Edition for Windows Phone? After all, even BlackBerry 10 has it at this point. Microsoft's Phil Spencer did claim it would happen, even for Windows 8.1.
As it turns out, Mojang had begun development of a Minecraft port to Windows Phone before the acquisition. So says Tommaso Checchi in a series of recent tweets. Checchi is a developer on the Mojang team and even tweeted a photo of the game, seen below, listed in the app menu of the dual-SIM Lumia 635, which seemingly confirms it runs on 512 MB phones too.
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.
That would be silly, though!
October is the month of scares, so every horror fan owes it to him or herself to stay alive at least until Halloween. You might as well play all the scary games you can until then, or your heart gives out. Next week will bring us just the perfect follow-up game – The Evil Within from Bethesda. Read on for the creepy details and a look at the game's last trailer before launch.
They say the simplest things in live are often the most enjoyable. Square Me is a Windows Phone game that hopes to tap into that philosophy and find its way into your Windows Phone gaming library.
Square Me isn't a very complicated game. You are presented with a collection of colored squares and have to find the one square that doesn't match the rest. The goal is to try to solve as many puzzles in one minute. While all this sounds easy, you may be surprised how hard it is to find the one tiny little square that is just a fraction of a shade different than the rest.
Available for low-memory devices, Square Me is an appealing, addictive, sometimes frustrating Windows Phone game that is a nice option to choose when you have a few minutes to kill.
Ready to crush the OD'd? Well Sunset Overdrive is now available for Xbox One for pre-order and pre-download. The game comes in two coveted editions, Sunset Overdrive Pre-Order Edition and Sunset Overdrive Day One Deluxe Edition. The Sunset Overdrive Pre-Order Edition, which is $59.99, gives you day one access to the game and four exclusive weapons as well as an awesome suit.
Microsoft will be selling a white version of the Xbox One that will be bundled with the upcoming first person shooter Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but this bundle will only be sold in a limited number of countries.
Xbox One owners can now register for a chance to be picked for the "Big Alpha" test for Evolve, the highly anticipated sci-fi first person shooter from developer Turtle Rock Studios and publisher 2K Games.
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 membership that offered five exclusive rides and some additional goodies. But even still, Forza Horizon 2 lovers like me wanted more.
This week, Microsoft released the Mobil 1 Car Pack to help fill that need for speedsters. The pack adds six new cars to the game. These can be bought individually, together as a pack, or as part of the Forza Horizon 2 Car Pass. And as a bonus for all Horizon 2 players, the Mobile 1 Car Pack's 1988 BMW M5 is completely free to all.
We recently picked up the Car Pass and took all six Mobil 1 cars for a test drive in order to bring you these detailed impressions.
Subway Surfers is like the moon, you can always bet on its cyclical nature. So today, Subway Surfers picks up a holiday-themed update based in New Orleans! For those who are not familiar, Subway Surfers reskins their popular game once a month as part of their 'World Tour' series, often tying it into major holidays at the time.
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 strategic board game from German developer Exozet games. This week, it finally returned to Windows Phone.
Formerly a Windows Phone 7 title, Carcassonne has been upgraded to Windows Phone 8 status. The new version looks better and plays faster than ever. It has a new cross-platform online multiplayer mode that should make playing with friends easier than before. And even better, Carcassonne supports universal purchases. Buy it once and get the Windows Phone and Windows 8 and RT versions. Read on to find out how the game plays and what changes the Remastered version brings!
Microsoft has been great about adding new features to the Xbox One via system updates on a regular basis since its launch a year ago, and that will apparently continue in the near future as Xbox leader Phil Spencer has revealed the console will be adding support for custom backgrounds and themes, along with the ability to take screenshots, in the future.
I've been playing FIFA 15 on the Xbox One in the past two weeks and I'm hooked. I don't follow football closely, but I love playing this game. It looks great, and it features several modes that are going to make Xbox One owners keep coming back for more. Whether it is a quick single player game, tournament, or online multiplayer, it's hard to get bored with FIFA 15. I haven't even mentioned FIFA Ultimate Team yet, which is EA Sports' most popular mode that I thought would be overwhelming, but has become my favorite feature of this game.
If you're still undecided whether you should buy FIFA 15 for the Xbox One, continue reading for the full review and watch our video demonstration.