Windows Central streams a wide variety of Xbox One games throughout the week on Twitch. Watching us play a game on Twitch lets you see a lot more you could from a trailer or video review. You can even enjoy some highly entertaining narration while chatting with your fellow readers. It's like a live interactive podcast centered around video games!
Tonight we have an exciting double feature for you. At 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT) we'll be streaming Flame Over, an addictive firefighting game that's coming to Windows in the next few months. Then at exactly at 10pm Central (11pm Eastern, 8pm Pacific, 4am GMT) we'll stream two hours of Ori and the Blind Forest, the gorgeous action-platformer that launches on Xbox One later this week. Tune in to see both games in action before they launch!
Update: The stream has ended. Continue reading for impressions and the full stream replay!
Ori and the Blind Forest
The year's first big downloadable Xbox exclusive, Ori and the Blind Forest comes from Moon Games and Microsoft Studios. Ori (the game) is an exploration-heavy action-platformer, much like last year's cult sleeper hits Guacamelee and Strider.
The game stars a magical white creature named Ori who must save his forest from destruction. Not an unusual setting, but the way it comes to life is truly special. Ori and other characters move with gorgeous animation and fluidity, and their world is filled with lavish details and colors.
Screenshots don't do Ori and the Blind Forest justice – you need to see it in motion to appreciate what a work of art it really is. Join us during our stream to do just that!
Moon Studios' and Microsoft's Ori and the Blind Forest launches on Xbox One and Steam this Wednesday, March 11.
- Ori and the Blind Forest – Xbox One – 7.7GB – $19.99 – Xbox Store– Amazon Link
- Ori and the Blind Forest – Windows – $19.99 – Steam Link
Firefighting is a dangerous and exciting profession. You'd think there'd be more games about fighting fires, wouldn't you? The last one of note was Burning Rangers on the Saturn and that came out like a million years ago. Lucky for us, indie developer Laughing Jackal has a firefighting game of their own in store…
In Flame Over, players will have to save innocent people and kitties from four huge burning buildings. Your firefighter must use a hose and an extinguisher to stop the ever-spreading flames. He can also pick up or buy water bombs and other equipment to aid in his rescue mission.
The levels in Flame Over are randomly generated, so each playthrough is unique. The firefighter can complete missions in order to earn upgrade tokens. Spend these between games to make things a little easier. Like Rogue Legacy, Flame Over is a "Rogue-lite" game that starts out challenging but gets a little easier as you unlock more upgrades for your next playthroughs.
Flame Over arrives on PlayStation Vita on Tuesday, March 10. Steam and PlayStation 4 versions will come along during the first half of the year. Watch us play to see how much fun fighting virtual fires can be!
- We'll be streaming Flame Over for two hours tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT).
- After that, our Ori and the Blind Forest stream start at 10pm Central (11pm Eastern, 8pm Pacific, 4am GMT) and lasts for two hours as well.
- During the Ori stream, five viewers will win $5 Xbox gift cards! You must participate in the stream chat to enter. Prizes donated by Bria5544 and his wife.
To join us, please follow both of our channels at Twitch.tv/WindowsCentral and Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch and tune into WindowsCentral during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you'll need to watch from the Twitch website or a separate app to participate in our always delightful stream chat.
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Be sure to tune in at the same starting time (8pm Central, 9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT) on Tuesday for our Witcher Twos-days stream, Wednesday for Wolfenstein: The New Order, and this Saturday for Forza Horizon 2 with prizes!