The BBC has released an update for its Top Gear: Race The Stig game, available for Windows Phone, Android and iOS. This new release introduces spooky content to coincide with Halloween just around the corner. For those who aren't familiar with the title, Race The Stig is essentially an endless runner game for Top Gear fans.
Earlier this year, Pixel Chat Games and publisher The Secret Service Inc. released a charming endless runner/platformer for Windows Phone called The Adventures of SlingCat. Windows Central's own George Ponder was impressed with the game's cartoon-like graphics and array of distinct levels (always a plus in endless runners).
Fast forward to today and SlingCat is back, this time on Windows 8 and RT. Not only has the Adventures of SlingCat recently prowled onto tablets and PCs, it's also a universal purchase. Buy the Windows Phone or Windows 8 version and you'll get the other version at no additional cost. The game runs great on my Surface Pro, its large screen showing off the hand-drawn artwork and variety of animal characters. Read on for full impressions and hands-on video!
Sunset Overdrive from Insomniac Games is the Xbox One's newest exclusive IP. These guys have worked exclusively with Sony on PlayStation for almost 20 years. However, Insomniac studios decided it was time for something new and Microsoft was willing to take a chance on them. Thus Sunset Overdrive was born.
Insomniac takes a radiant apocalyptic world, adds some unique over-the-top game play elements, and a touch of great writing and creates the tour-de-force that is Sunset Overdrive. The game is in no way, shape, or form afraid to go all out. Xbox One gamers are in for a special experience with this one.
Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game on Twitch for one hour and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. Last week, we streamed Stick it to the Man and dished out codes to ten lucky viewers.
Tonight we'll be gearing up for Halloween by playing Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition from Exor Studios. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out five Xbox One codes for Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition, plus two Steam codes! Even our unfortunate non-Xbox One owning brethren are welcome. Just follow me on Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. You can also watch the event right here live or after the fact.
Update: We had some technical issues but the show went on and prizes were awarded. Thanks to everyone who stuck with us!
Moto Racing is an endless runner styled game for your Windows Phone that has you weaving a motorcycle through traffic. You collect coins to buy new and faster motorcycles and ultimately see how far you can go without kissing the pavement.
The game's pace does have a little zip to it and a decent selection of bikes. Moto Racing isn't a bad title to have in your Windows Phone gaming library and is a fun way to pass the time. While the game is available for low memory devices, Moto Racing has more of a casual feel than what you would find with a more feature rich that you might invest marathon gaming sessions with.
Microsoft bought the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games in January and a new Xbox One game in the series is currently under development at Vancouver-based Black Tusk Studios. In a new podcast interview this week, Microsoft's Xbox lead Phil Spencer hinted that the new game will be similar in tone to the early games in the series.
Windows Central App Roundup: Windows Phone Halloween apps and games
'Tis the season where pumpkins are carved up, kids and adults alike begin hunting for the perfect costume and bags of candy begin to fly off store shelves. In the spirit of the Halloween season, this week's roundup will focus on apps and game that give our Windows Phone a ghostly flavor.
We did a keyword search in the Windows Phone Store for Halloween and grabbed a few of the higher rated apps and games from the search results. We aren't including Zombie games because they are more of a year round genre. We do have a few games that have been recently updated with a Halloween theme as well as a few apps that can help your Windows Phone get into the holiday spirit.
One of our initiatives at Windows Central is to bring you guys as many quality Xbox One Twitch streams as we can. We're talking about previewing big retail games and catching up on downloadable titles you might have missed. It's fun for everybody. We get to know you, you get to know us and each other, and everybody can watch a game being played.
One of those games will be Halo: the Master Chief Collection, which we'll be streaming not once but twice next week! We also have streams coming up for Sunset Overdrive and Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition that you won't want to miss. Some of these will involve the chance to play with the Windows Central staff and/or win great prizes. Keep reading for our streaming schedule, prize details, and word on our new Twitch channel!
Earlier this week, Microsoft unleashed a trailer for the upcoming Halo 2 remake documentary "Remaking the Legend: Halo 2 Anniversary." The documentary will reveal the tremendous work that went into recreating the classic original Xbox game Halo 2 on the new Xbox One console. Some of the most interesting things about Halo in general are its art, technology, and character designs, and we should get plenty of glimpses of those things in the documentary.
Assassin's Creed Unity is now available to preorder and pre-download for Xbox One. You can either grab the Xbox One pre-order edition or the Xbox One gold pre-order edition. This year's version of Assassin's Creed features an entirely new engine just for next-gen consoles. It also adds co-op to the campaign which is a first in the franchise.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is being re-released on the Xbox 360 on October 26. The open world action game was released on the first Xbox in 2004, making its way to the 360 as an Xbox Original. This new release will have some enhancements, including better graphics and achievement support.
Movie Quizz is a Windows Phone trivia game that tests you skills at identifying movies through their posters. The game takes a bit of a casual approach with seven level of movies to identify that are grouped into movie genre or leading actor categories. Movies range from the more current titles as well as those from 50's and 60's.
Movie Quizz is available for low-memory devices and while it takes on movie trivia from a slightly casual approach, the game is an enjoyable way to pass short bits of time with.
Still on the fence for next year's Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break? Perhaps, this new 16 minute gameplay trailer will sway you. Today, Remedy Entertainment released a new extended gameplay trailer of their Gamescom one in order to give you a deeper look into Jack's survival strategies via time manipulation.
The Xbox One console will get another, and much welcomed, fighting game franchise on February 17 when Koei Tecmo releases Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round, a port of developer Team Ninja's last generation fighting game but with improved graphics and new content.
Just as expected, NBA Live 15 is now available to EA Access members for a 6-hour trial. EA Sports' latest NBA game won't officially be available in stores on October 28th in North America, but now EA Access members get to play the game early. I've just installed it on my Xbox One and recorded my first few minutes of gameplay. Interested? Take a look at my first impressions on video!
If you live near one of the over 100 Microsoft Store retail locations, you might want to head over there on Monday night as all of them will be holding launch events for the release of Sunset Overdrive, the Xbox One exclusive open world action game from developer Insomniac Games.
Goldsmiths Jewel HD is an interesting Windows Phone puzzle game where you are tasked with collecting an assortment of jewels while avoiding non-precious stones.
The game, available for low-memory devices, seems to rely more on luck than skill though. You collect the gems by initiating a line that bounces around the screen. When the line hits a jewel (or stone) they fall to the bottom of the screen and are considered "collected".
Goldsmiths Jewels HD does have a certain amount of appeal and does grow on you slightly.
Age of Empires: Castle Siege has just picked up an update! Head to the Windows Phone Store and you'll find the game at version 184.108.40.2066. Today's update helps fix the dropped connection errors you might have seen while playing and more.
If you purchase Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One, you will also be able to see the episodic live action digital feature Halo: Nightfall when it comes out on November 11. Today, Microsoft released the final trailer for the feature, which looks like it will get down and dirty with a squad of U.N.S.C. troops on a broken Halo ring
Developer Respawn Entertainment isn't done yet with its first person shooter Titanfall. Today, it announced a bunch of upcoming features and improvements it has planned for the game for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, including a new four player co-op mode called Frontier Defense that will be released for the Xbox One and PC tomorrow, October 23.
If you are a fan of the Halo game franchise, you already know that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is due out for the Xbox One on November 11. On November 10, the day before that release, Microsoft plans to stream HaloFest live from the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles starting at 8 pm Pacific time (11 pm Eastern time).
If you own an Xbox One with the Kinect sensor, you can now take that sensor and use it on your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 PC. Microsoft has just announced that it has launched a hardware adapter for the sensor that will allow it to work with those PCs for just $49.99.
Microsoft has opened the flood gates today and released a bunch of new Windows Phone apps from their Microsoft Garage division. This part of the company allows employees to work on their own projects in their spare time and today Microsoft is allowing some of those internal efforts to be released to the public.
NBA Live 15 officially releases on October 28th in North America, and EA Sports has just revealed its plans for the demo. EA Access members on Xbox One can play the game before anyone else, with a 6-hour trial starting on October 23rd. The trial is the full game, and your progress and stats will carry over if you decide to purchase at a later date. We've just reviewed NBA 2K15 and loved it. Will NBA Live 15 be able to compete?