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1001 Spikes and Blood of the Werewolf unleash old-school platforming on Xbox consoles

1001 Spikes and Blood of the Werewolf unleash old-school platforming on Xbox consoles

E3 has been a hectic week of new console game announcements, both retail and downloadable. With so many ID@Xbox games just announced for the Xbox One, it's easy to miss that a new indie game actually came out this week! 1001 Spikes is a retro-style platformer from Japanese developer 8bits Fanatics and publisher Nicalis. I guarantee fans of Spelunky, platforming, and local multiplayer...

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Wolfenstein: The New Order storms Xbox One and 360, Max: Curse of Brotherhood lands on 360

Wolfenstein: The New Order storms Xbox One and 360, Max: Curse of Brotherhood lands on 360

Last week was a dry week as far as retail Xbox game releases. But both Xbox One and 360 got the phenomenal downloadable puzzle/shooter Super Time Force, so nobody should have complained too much. All of you FPS guys need to step out of your comfort zone and give it a try – you won’t be disappointed. Oh, but First-Person Shooter fans do have reason to celebrate this week. .. Wolfenstein...

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Halo Spartan Assault gets an epic mobile Windows sale next week, plus a Steam release

Halo Spartan Assault gets an epic mobile Windows sale next week, plus a Steam release

We don’t talk about Red Stripe Deals much anymore, but next week’s sale game is too hot not to celebrate. Major Nelson has just announced that the Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions of Halo: Spartan Assault will go on sale for $1.99 from April 3-9. The tablet and phone versions of Spartan Assault usually go for seven bucks apiece, making next week the prime time to scoop one or both...

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Countdown to 2014 Xbox 360 sale: Marvelous deals, last chance to get Marvel vs. Capcom games

Countdown to 2014 Xbox 360 sale: Marvelous deals, last chance to get Marvel vs. Capcom games

Every year since time immemorial, Microsoft has put a ton of downloadable Xbox 360 content on sale around Christmastime. The sale returns once again this year as the Countdown to 2014. Running from today through December 31, the Countdown consists both of daily and weekly sales. The first batch of weekly deals runs through the 23rd.  Head past the break for a full list of today’s...

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Get ready to gear up – Gears of War and Shoot Many Robots are your free “Games with Gold” for December 2013

Get ready to gear up – Gears of War and Shoot Many Robots are your free “Games with Gold” for December 2013

While Xbox One users will have to wait for an update “Games with Gold” program, current Xbox 360 users will still be able to take advantage of some great offers. This month, the company is offering up the original Gears of War, along with an indie game, Shoot Many Robots. Gears of War will be available from December 1 to December 15. The title normally would cost you $19.99 on the...

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Xbox 360 owners: check out the Ultimate Game Sale. Plus get Defense Grid for free!

Xbox 360 owners: check out the Ultimate Game Sale. Plus get Defense Grid for free!

Remember the Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale from back in February? Microsoft slashed the prices on more than 20 Games on Demand (downloadable versions of full retail titles) throughout the week, with a different selection of games on sale every day. And now that sale is back again just 4-5 months later. Could it have something to do with Microsoft wanting to sell as many Xbox 360 games as...

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Microsoft drops update fees for XBLA games. Could they be courting indie developers?

Microsoft drops update fees for XBLA games. Could they be courting indie developers?

If you follow our Xbox Windows Phone editorial coverage, then you know I’ve often been critical of the Xbox certification process. Microsoft created a set of certification policies back in the Xbox 360’s early years that were intended to ensure the highest quality game releases and discourage the release of buggy games. These same policies were then extended wholesale to subsequent Xbox...

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Ascend: Hand of Kul and LEGO Marvel Superheroes lighting up Xbox 360 this year

Ascend: Hand of Kul and LEGO Marvel Superheroes lighting up Xbox 360 this year

The big talk at E3 2013 last week was on Xbox One games (and the DRM policy that Microsoft only just repealed yesterday). But the Xbox 360 is still the best-selling console these days and so 360 games weren’t exactly in short supply at the Expo. We’ve already previewed three upcoming Pac-Man games, World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, and don’t forget that The Evil Within and Wolfenstein:...

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E3 2013: Gameplay and open beta details for World of Tanks, the free Xbox 360 MMO

E3 2013: Gameplay and open beta details for World of Tanks, the free Xbox 360 MMO

Microsoft has historically been less than enthusiastic towards free-to-play Xbox 360 games.  They did allow Japanese developer Toylogic to release Happy Wars (a 15-vs-15 multiplayer action game) last year. But here we are one year later and  hardly any free-to-play games have followed it. And yet things are starting to change... During Microsoft’s E3 Media Briefing, the publisher...

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