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  1. If sheer quantity decided the victor of E3, Microsoft would easily walk away with the win. Just as they did last year, the Xbox brand packed a ton of information into an over 90-minute presentation in front of their largest-ever live audience. To quote a stat from Xbox head Phil Spencer, Microsoft showed off 50 titles; 18 of them were console exclusives, and 15 that were world premiers. Microsoft addressed their first-party issue by announcing studio acquisitions, beefed up Xbox Game Pass, and even teased new hardware. Gamers walked away with a lot to digest, so let's make things easier by breaking down each announcement. I can think of few titles better suited to kick off a Microsoft show than a Halo reveal. In this case, we got a teaser trailer for Halo Infinite. We didn’t see much beyond scenic landscapes, some warthog riding, and a glimpse of Master Chief himself. 343 Studios later clarified that the video represents a tech demo for the Slipspace Engine and is not indicative of the actual game. Even still, Halo Infinite captured the imagination of the fans in attendance and started the presentation on a high note. We got our first look at gameplay for Ori and the Will of the Wisps. It looks just as beautiful, and challenging, as the original and arrives sometime in 2019. That same year will also see the release of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The next title by FromSoftware was previously teased during last year’s Game Awards. It eschews medieval influences in favor of ninjas and a feudal Japan setting. Don't worry fans; it still looks pretty tough. It arrives in 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Bethesda Game Director Todd Howard took the stage to give the world another look at Fallout 76. This prequel to the Fallout series takes place in West Virginia 20 years after the nuclear war. Howard stated the game boasts a world 4-times larger than Fallout 4’s Commonwealth. The player controls a member of Vault 76, one of the first vaults to open and begin rebuilding the country. The trailer gave glimpses of various locations while Todd briefly spoke about the game’s general focus of survival and restoration. Life is Strange developer Dontnod’s lightened the mood a bit with a trailer for The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. This charming title centers on a lonely boy who uses his imagination to escape a less whimsical reality. More importantly, it serves as a precursor to the still mysterious Life is Strange 2. In a cool move, Captain Spirit launches June 25 as a free download. Crackdown 3 suffered yet another delay prior to the show (this time to 2019), but a new trailer reminded everyone of what the wait will be for. The Terry Crews-narrated trailer showed off the over-to-top firefights and platforming, with some Hot Wheels-esque driving thrown in. Another crazy game in Nier: Automata, Platinum Game's breakout hit from last year, will arrive on Xbox on June 26. Packaged as the Become As Gods Edition, it includes all previously released DLC. Metro Exodus served up a new helping of gameplay. We got quick peeks at weapon customization, night vision segments, and terrifying creatures such as huge lake monster. Metro: Exodus continues to impress and arrives February 22. A new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III confirmed the game's arrival to Xbox, a first for the series. We got our first look at the world of Frozen, which stood as the video’s centerpiece. Tangled, Toy Story, and Hercules also got some spotlight. Aqua fans had their hearts broken when she appeared seemingly possessed by Xehanort at the trailer’s conclusion. Overall, this was a nice look at the game (one of several during the week) that had fans frantically counting down to the game’s January 29 release. Sea of Thieves left much to be desired, but Rare announced plans to fix that problem with two expansions. The first, Cursed Sails, launches in July. The other, Forsaken Shores, arrives in September. Outside of a short cinematic, no information was given regarding the actual content of these updates. DICE followed up their EA showing with a very brief cinematic for one of Battlefield V’s Nordlys campaign story. It centers on a Norwegian resistance fighter battling against German occupation while also trying to save her family. No gameplay was shown and the video lasted maybe less than a minute. Forza Horizon 4 raced on stage. The next entry boasts dynamic seasons that developer Playground Games promises will dramatically alter races. Winter, for example, freezes over bodies of water, opening up new areas for players to reach. Additionally, the Xbox One X version features a 60 fps mode. Forza Horizon 4 comes to Xbox One and Windows 10 on October 2 and hits Xbox Game Pass the same day. On the subject of bolstering the Xbox library, Phil Spencer announced the formation of new first-party studio The Initiative. He doubled down on that news by announcing the acquisition of third-party studios Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games. Since Microsoft paid Compulsion some lip service, we got new story trailer for We Happy Few. It showed off more of the wacky premise, showing how far the project has come. It has an August 10 release date. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has new maps arriving in the coming as soon as this summer. Additionally, a new destination called War Mode is on the way. JRPG fans were happy to learn that 2008's Tales of Vesperia is getting remastered for Xbox One. This Definitive Edition includes previously Japanese-only content and characters and arrives this winter A gameplay demonstration for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 took viewers through a squad-based mission in the games Washington D.C. setting. The squad engages in a firefight against in and around a destroyed Air Force One. The Division 2 launches March 15 and you can sign up for the beta now. Ashley Speicher, head of Xbox Engineering, took the stage to talk about Xbox Game Pass. First, a new FastStart feature that launches select games twice as fast will be included in the June Xbox update. Additionally, Fallout 4, The Division, and The Elder Scrolls Online became available on Game Pass that day. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will join the library later this year. Future releases, such as Forza Horizon 4, Crackdown 3, and others, will be playable on Game Pass the same day that they launch. Next we got the required ID@Xbox rapid-fire showcase showed off upcoming indie titles. The highlight reel included Outer Wilds, Afterparty, Warhammer II: Vermintide, Super Meat Boy Forever, Sable, Generation Zero, Dead Cells, and Ashen. A new Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer showed off more locations, including a Day of the Dead festival. We got a look at possibly the main villain, watched Lara stare down vicious jaguars, and watched her narrowly survive as a massive flood swept through a village. Following that was a short trailer for Session, a Kickstarted skateboard game that drew some comparisons to Skate, as well as a teaser for the Xbox port of mmorpg Black Desert. The stylish reveal of Devil May Cry 5 offered a huge surprise. As a direct sequel to Devil May Cry 4 (and thus ignoring Ninja Theory's DmC), Nero returns as the leading man alongside a new female sidekick. Gameplay showed off Nero's new robotic arm and a what appeared to be a time-stopping power. Oh, and Dante rode in for a quick cameo at the end. Director Hideaki Itsuno proudly declared DMC 5 as the best game he's ever made and has a spring 2019 launch window. Another surprise came in the form of a DLC expansion for Cuphead. Titled The Delicious Last Course, it releases next year and includes a third playable character, Ms. Chalice, along with a new island populated with bosses. Meanwhile, Tunic, the adorable Zelda-style game starring a cute fox, emerged from hibernation and looks as pretty and fun as ever. Phil Spencer returned to state that everything shown going forward would be never-before-seen world premiers. That kicked off with the reveal of Jump Force. This crossover fighter cherry picks characters from Shonen Jump anime like Dragon Ball and Naruto and pits them against each other. Look for it in 2019. Dying Light 2 premiered sporting a new emphasis on dynamic choice-making. The demonstration showed the player negotiating with a faction hoarding a crucial water supply. Depending on whether or not you follow them, the consequences physically alters the city and affects the population's morale and general way of life. Dying Light 2 features improved parkour mechanics and night gameplay, though not shown, remains a terrifying factor. Remember Battletoads? Rare hopes that you do because a new game is in development for launch in 2019. We didn't see anything of it, but we do know it'll support 3-player couch co-op and have a hand-drawn 2.5D presentation. Just Cause 4 made its official debut after being leaked twice before the show. A story trailer set up Rico's battle against the Black Hand private army. Fans also got to see the new weather effects, including a tornado (which Rico promptly jumped into). Just Cause 4 launches December 4. The Gears of War franchise has not one but three new titles on the way. First was Gears Pop!, which features Funko Pop versions of the Gears cast. For strategy fans, Gears Tactics blends turned-based strategy with the series cover-based gameplay. Finally, a cinematic trailer for Gears 5 (yes, just Gears) established Gears of War 4's Kait Diaz as the new protagonist. The trailer appeared to center on her ancestral connection to the Locust, with J.D. and Marcus Fenix serving as support roles. Phil Spencer returned to the stage one last time to tease future projects such as Microsoft AI and a game-streaming service. He even confirmed that the next Xbox console was already deep in development. Just as he was bringing the show to a close, the briefing's feed was abruptly hijacked by one more game waiting to make itself known. CD Projekt RED's long-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 made its big debut after spending years in hiding.The trailer showed off the sci-fi beauty of Night City as well as its seedy underbelly. The almost Grand Theft Auto-esque style trailer checked off the many of the cyberpunk genre's calling cards: humans with crazy machine parts, flying cars, and building-sized holograms. Everything looked gorgeous to the point of looking next-gen, though the game has been confirmed for this console generation. We still didn't get a release window but this incredible first look made arguably the biggest splash of any title shown throughout the show. So how do you think Microsoft's briefing shaped up? Let us know in the comments. You can also watch it yourself down below. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  2. If sheer quantity decided the victor of E3, Microsoft would easily walk away with the win. Just as they did last year, the Xbox brand packed a ton of information into an over 90-minute presentation in front of their largest-ever live audience. To quote a stat from Xbox head Phil Spencer, Microsoft showed off 50 titles; 18 of them were console exclusives, and 15 that were world premiers. Microsoft addressed their first-party issue by announcing studio acquisitions, beefed up Xbox Game Pass, and even teased new hardware. Gamers walked away with a lot to digest, so let's make things easier by breaking down each announcement. I can think of few titles better suited to kick off a Microsoft show than a Halo reveal. In this case, we got a teaser trailer for Halo Infinite. We didn’t see much beyond scenic landscapes, some warthog riding, and a glimpse of Master Chief himself. 343 Studios later clarified that the video represents a tech demo for the Slipspace Engine and is not indicative of the actual game. Even still, Halo Infinite captured the imagination of the fans in attendance and started the presentation on a high note. We got our first look at gameplay for Ori and the Will of the Wisps. It looks just as beautiful, and challenging, as the original and arrives sometime in 2019. That same year will also see the release of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The next title by FromSoftware was previously teased during last year’s Game Awards. It eschews medieval influences in favor of ninjas and a feudal Japan setting. Don't worry fans; it still looks pretty tough. It arrives in 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Bethesda Game Director Todd Howard took the stage to give the world another look at Fallout 76. This prequel to the Fallout series takes place in West Virginia 20 years after the nuclear war. Howard stated the game boasts a world 4-times larger than Fallout 4’s Commonwealth. The player controls a member of Vault 76, one of the first vaults to open and begin rebuilding the country. The trailer gave glimpses of various locations while Todd briefly spoke about the game’s general focus of survival and restoration. Life is Strange developer Dontnod’s lightened the mood a bit with a trailer for The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. This charming title centers on a lonely boy who uses his imagination to escape a less whimsical reality. More importantly, it serves as a precursor to the still mysterious Life is Strange 2. In a cool move, Captain Spirit launches June 25 as a free download. Crackdown 3 suffered yet another delay prior to the show (this time to 2019), but a new trailer reminded everyone of what the wait will be for. The Terry Crews-narrated trailer showed off the over-to-top firefights and platforming, with some Hot Wheels-esque driving thrown in. Another crazy game in Nier: Automata, Platinum Game's breakout hit from last year, will arrive on Xbox on June 26. Packaged as the Become As Gods Edition, it includes all previously released DLC. Metro Exodus served up a new helping of gameplay. We got quick peeks at weapon customization, night vision segments, and terrifying creatures such as huge lake monster. Metro: Exodus continues to impress and arrives February 22. A new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III confirmed the game's arrival to Xbox, a first for the series. We got our first look at the world of Frozen, which stood as the video’s centerpiece. Tangled, Toy Story, and Hercules also got some spotlight. Aqua fans had their hearts broken when she appeared seemingly possessed by Xehanort at the trailer’s conclusion. Overall, this was a nice look at the game (one of several during the week) that had fans frantically counting down to the game’s January 29 release. Sea of Thieves left much to be desired, but Rare announced plans to fix that problem with two expansions. The first, Cursed Sails, launches in July. The other, Forsaken Shores, arrives in September. Outside of a short cinematic, no information was given regarding the actual content of these updates. DICE followed up their EA showing with a very brief cinematic for one of Battlefield V’s Nordlys campaign story. It centers on a Norwegian resistance fighter battling against German occupation while also trying to save her family. No gameplay was shown and the video lasted maybe less than a minute. Forza Horizon 4 raced on stage. The next entry boasts dynamic seasons that developer Playground Games promises will dramatically alter races. Winter, for example, freezes over bodies of water, opening up new areas for players to reach. Additionally, the Xbox One X version features a 60 fps mode. Forza Horizon 4 comes to Xbox One and Windows 10 on October 2 and hits Xbox Game Pass the same day. On the subject of bolstering the Xbox library, Phil Spencer announced the formation of new first-party studio The Initiative. He doubled down on that news by announcing the acquisition of third-party studios Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games. Since Microsoft paid Compulsion some lip service, we got new story trailer for We Happy Few. It showed off more of the wacky premise, showing how far the project has come. It has an August 10 release date. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has new maps arriving in the coming as soon as this summer. Additionally, a new destination called War Mode is on the way. JRPG fans were happy to learn that 2008's Tales of Vesperia is getting remastered for Xbox One. This Definitive Edition includes previously Japanese-only content and characters and arrives this winter A gameplay demonstration for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 took viewers through a squad-based mission in the games Washington D.C. setting. The squad engages in a firefight against in and around a destroyed Air Force One. The Division 2 launches March 15 and you can sign up for the beta now. Ashley Speicher, head of Xbox Engineering, took the stage to talk about Xbox Game Pass. First, a new FastStart feature that launches select games twice as fast will be included in the June Xbox update. Additionally, Fallout 4, The Division, and The Elder Scrolls Online became available on Game Pass that day. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will join the library later this year. Future releases, such as Forza Horizon 4, Crackdown 3, and others, will be playable on Game Pass the same day that they launch. Next we got the required ID@Xbox rapid-fire showcase showed off upcoming indie titles. The highlight reel included Outer Wilds, Afterparty, Warhammer II: Vermintide, Super Meat Boy Forever, Sable, Generation Zero, Dead Cells, and Ashen. A new Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer showed off more locations, including a Day of the Dead festival. We got a look at possibly the main villain, watched Lara stare down vicious jaguars, and watched her narrowly survive as a massive flood swept through a village. Following that was a short trailer for Session, a Kickstarted skateboard game that drew some comparisons to Skate, as well as a teaser for the Xbox port of mmorpg Black Desert. The stylish reveal of Devil May Cry 5 offered a huge surprise. As a direct sequel to Devil May Cry 4 (and thus ignoring Ninja Theory's DmC), Nero returns as the leading man alongside a new female sidekick. Gameplay showed off Nero's new robotic arm and a what appeared to be a time-stopping power. Oh, and Dante rode in for a quick cameo at the end. Director Hideaki Itsuno proudly declared DMC 5 as the best game he's ever made and has a spring 2019 launch window. Another surprise came in the form of a DLC expansion for Cuphead. Titled The Delicious Last Course, it releases next year and includes a third playable character, Ms. Chalice, along with a new island populated with bosses. Meanwhile, Tunic, the adorable Zelda-style game starring a cute fox, emerged from hibernation and looks as pretty and fun as ever. Phil Spencer returned to state that everything shown going forward would be never-before-seen world premiers. That kicked off with the reveal of Jump Force. This crossover fighter cherry picks characters from Shonen Jump anime like Dragon Ball and Naruto and pits them against each other. Look for it in 2019. Dying Light 2 premiered sporting a new emphasis on dynamic choice-making. The demonstration showed the player negotiating with a faction hoarding a crucial water supply. Depending on whether or not you follow them, the consequences physically alters the city and affects the population's morale and general way of life. Dying Light 2 features improved parkour mechanics and night gameplay, though not shown, remains a terrifying factor. Remember Battletoads? Rare hopes that you do because a new game is in development for launch in 2019. We didn't see anything of it, but we do know it'll support 3-player couch co-op and have a hand-drawn 2.5D presentation. Just Cause 4 made its official debut after being leaked twice before the show. A story trailer set up Rico's battle against the Black Hand private army. Fans also got to see the new weather effects, including a tornado (which Rico promptly jumped into). Just Cause 4 launches December 4. The Gears of War franchise has not one but three new titles on the way. First was Gears Pop!, which features Funko Pop versions of the Gears cast. For strategy fans, Gears Tactics blends turned-based strategy with the series cover-based gameplay. Finally, a cinematic trailer for Gears 5 (yes, just Gears) established Gears of War 4's Kait Diaz as the new protagonist. The trailer appeared to center on her ancestral connection to the Locust, with J.D. and Marcus Fenix serving as support roles. Phil Spencer returned to the stage one last time to tease future projects such as Microsoft AI and a game-streaming service. He even confirmed that the next Xbox console was already deep in development. Just as he was bringing the show to a close, the briefing's feed was abruptly hijacked by one more game waiting to make itself known. CD Projekt RED's long-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 made its big debut after spending years in hiding.The trailer showed off the sci-fi beauty of Night City as well as its seedy underbelly. The almost Grand Theft Auto-esque style trailer checked off the many of the cyberpunk genre's calling cards: humans with crazy machine parts, flying cars, and building-sized holograms. Everything looked gorgeous to the point of looking next-gen, though the game has been confirmed for this console generation. We still didn't get a release window but this incredible first look made arguably the biggest splash of any title shown throughout the show. So how do you think Microsoft's briefing shaped up? Let us know in the comments. You can also watch it yourself down below. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  3. Microsoft is tripling down on their blockbuster Gears of War franchise with three new games with widely disparate takes on the universe of chainsaw bayonets and tough-as-nails heroes. Gears Pop!, Gears Tactics, and Gears 5. There's no escaping the immense popularity of Funko Pop! figurines, and the first new Gears project is a mobile spin-off which replaces the tough-as-nails characters of the Gears of War universe with the adorable, big-headed trinkets. No gameplay details were offered on Gears Pop!, but it will surely be refreshing to see a bizarrely more family-friendly take on the ultra-violent world of Gears. Gears Tactics didn't receive a proper trailer, but a brief snippet of footage was shown on stage. A turn-based strategy title, Gears Tactics can be immediately described as Gears of War meets XCOM, and it's hard to imagine anyone complaining about that. Gears Tactics will be a Windows exclusive. Finally, the main event of the Gears segment, and arguably the entire Microsoft conference, was Gears 5. For the first time in the series, the main character is a woman, Kait Diaz, who was first introduced in Gears of War 4. As usual, the game will support two-player split-screen co-op, as well as single-player and online multiplayer. The trailer featured a welcome focus on character relationships and the mutual distrust between the Kait and her partner, suggesting this will be a more personal Gears story than ever before. If all goes according to plan, Gears 5 will feature explosive action and palpable drama in equal measure. All three of these Gears titles are slated for 2019.
  4. Microsoft is tripling down on their blockbuster Gears of War franchise with three new games with widely disparate takes on the universe of chainsaw bayonets and tough-as-nails heroes. Gears Pop!, Gears Tactics, and Gears 5. There's no escaping the immense popularity of Funko Pop! figurines, and the first new Gears project is a mobile spin-off which replaces the tough-as-nails characters of the Gears of War universe with the adorable, big-headed trinkets. No gameplay details were offered on Gears Pop!, but it will surely be refreshing to see a bizarrely more family-friendly take on the ultra-violent world of Gears. Gears Tactics didn't receive a proper trailer, but a brief snippet of footage was shown on stage. A turn-based strategy title, Gears Tactics can be immediately described as Gears of War meets XCOM, and it's hard to imagine anyone complaining about that. Gears Tactics will be a Windows exclusive. Finally, the main event of the Gears segment, and arguably the entire Microsoft conference, was Gears 5. For the first time in the series, the main character is a woman, Kait Diaz, who was first introduced in Gears of War 4. As usual, the game will support two-player split-screen co-op, as well as single-player and online multiplayer. The trailer featured a welcome focus on character relationships and the mutual distrust between the Kait and her partner, suggesting this will be a more personal Gears story than ever before. If all goes according to plan, Gears 5 will feature explosive action and palpable drama in equal measure. All three of these Gears titles are slated for 2019. View full article
  5. Microsoft kicked off their press conference with a bang, showing off a brand new Halo title from 343 Industries, Halo Infinite. Rather than a traditional story trailer or gameplay demo, the short video clip offered a "game engine demonstration," showcasing the graphical capabilities of the new SlipSpace engine. The sight of herds of animals, real-time rain, lighting, and time of day effects were impressive and could potentially indicate that the new title might be willing to explore beyond the series' traditional linear FPS action, or at least offer a significant new spin on the series. The two-minute demo showed a wide variety of locations before ending with a provocative shot of Master Chief, holding his iconic helmet at his side... Though they stopped short of actually showing the Chief's actual face, which has been often teased in the series, but never actually revealed. There's a lot of anticipation and mystery surrounding Halo Infinite, which Microsoft boss Phil Spencer promised would be Master Chief's "greatest adventure yet." Halo is one of Xbox's signature franchises, and it's a safe bet there are a lot of fans who are extremely excited to see the legendary series make a triumphant return.
  6. Microsoft kicked off their press conference with a bang, showing off a brand new Halo title from 343 Industries, Halo Infinite. Rather than a traditional story trailer or gameplay demo, the short video clip offered a "game engine demonstration," showcasing the graphical capabilities of the new SlipSpace engine. The sight of herds of animals, real-time rain, lighting, and time of day effects were impressive and could potentially indicate that the new title might be willing to explore beyond the series' traditional linear FPS action, or at least offer a significant new spin on the series. The two-minute demo showed a wide variety of locations before ending with a provocative shot of Master Chief, holding his iconic helmet at his side... Though they stopped short of actually showing the Chief's actual face, which has been often teased in the series, but never actually revealed. There's a lot of anticipation and mystery surrounding Halo Infinite, which Microsoft boss Phil Spencer promised would be Master Chief's "greatest adventure yet." Halo is one of Xbox's signature franchises, and it's a safe bet there are a lot of fans who are extremely excited to see the legendary series make a triumphant return. View full article
  7. Hey Columbus Guild, I know some of you will be with us this Saturday at the Microsoft Store to participate in Extra Life Day, and I'm excited for that, but I also wanted to invite you all to another event. On Monday, Microsoft will launch the Xbox One X, and of course, we're throwing a party. I've extended an invitation to some of your guild members already, but I wanted to invite all of you to come down and mingle, play some games, win some prizes, and just have fun with us. You don't have to pre-order or buy anything to participate. So if you are free, join us for a night of fun! Microsoft Store at Easton Town Center Monday, November 6 from 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM There is also a Halo 5 2v2 tournament at 5 PM, and a Forza Motorsport 7 competition at 9 PM. Thanks for all that you guys do. - Tim (prjkthack)
  8. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time released in 2003, and it presented a new standard that action-adventure games still strive to achieve to this day. The titular prince and Farah, his sometimes-ally, have a relationship dynamic that felt lively and real, few games prior to 2003 had achieved such a portrayal. The influence of The Sands of Time can be felt in titles like Braid, The Last of Us, and BioShock Infinite. With a legacy that stretches back almost 15 years, is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: The Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance 'Central Park (Metal Mix)' by Commando 64 (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02273) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  9. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time released in 2003, and it presented a new standard that action-adventure games still strive to achieve to this day. The titular prince and Farah, his sometimes-ally, have a relationship dynamic that felt lively and real, few games prior to 2003 had achieved such a portrayal. The influence of The Sands of Time can be felt in titles like Braid, The Last of Us, and BioShock Infinite. With a legacy that stretches back almost 15 years, is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: The Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance 'Central Park (Metal Mix)' by Commando 64 (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02273) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  10. I would like to participate in the guild stream on twitch. My game of choice would be xcom 2 or halo wars 2 preferably Wednesday nights.
  11. The Xbox Digital Sale gives its players the chance at their own summer sale. From June 30 to July 10, AAA and indie titles will be up to 70% off (or 80% for Xbox Live Gold members). In general, Gold members will save 10% more. There are over 300 games in the sale and span both the Xbox One and 360. Included are DLC as well as deluxe editions for games. Some of the deals for the Xbox One include: Mass Effect: Andromeda - 40/50% off For Honor - 30/40% off Rocket League - 30/40% off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 30/40% off Far Cry 4 - 50/60% off The Division - 50/60% off Fallout 4 - 35/45% off Final Fantasy XV - 30/40% off See all of the deals here. Anything on sale that catches your eye?
  12. Starting July 5, Rocket League will get just a little more schwifty. As a part of the two-year Anniversary Update Rocket League will be getting some new Rick and Morty themed customization items. Players can get the titular characters in antennae form and Mr. Meseeks, Mr. Poopybutthole and a Cromulan will be available as toppers. There will also be a thematic rocket boost and wheels. These items will be free and can be found as a part of common drops for both online and offline matches. Some bad news though. According to the Rocket League site "Szechuan sauce not included." Other updates with the anniversary include a new arena, battle cars, goal explosions, achievements, trophies, soundtrack options and more. The update will also signal the start of season five. What do you think of the Rocket League update lineup? Are you excited for Rick and Morty meets car soccer? View full article
  13. Starting July 5, Rocket League will get just a little more schwifty. As a part of the two-year Anniversary Update Rocket League will be getting some new Rick and Morty themed customization items. Players can get the titular characters in antennae form and Mr. Meseeks, Mr. Poopybutthole and a Cromulan will be available as toppers. There will also be a thematic rocket boost and wheels. These items will be free and can be found as a part of common drops for both online and offline matches. Some bad news though. According to the Rocket League site "Szechuan sauce not included." Other updates with the anniversary include a new arena, battle cars, goal explosions, achievements, trophies, soundtrack options and more. The update will also signal the start of season five. What do you think of the Rocket League update lineup? Are you excited for Rick and Morty meets car soccer?
  14. The Xbox Digital Sale gives its players the chance at their own summer sale. From June 30 to July 10, AAA and indie titles will be up to 70% off (or 80% for Xbox Live Gold members). In general, Gold members will save 10% more. There are over 300 games in the sale and span both the Xbox One and 360. Included are DLC as well as deluxe editions for games. Some of the deals for the Xbox One include: Mass Effect: Andromeda - 40/50% off For Honor - 30/40% off Rocket League - 30/40% off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 30/40% off Far Cry 4 - 50/60% off The Division - 50/60% off Fallout 4 - 35/45% off Final Fantasy XV - 30/40% off See all of the deals here. Anything on sale that catches your eye? View full article
  15. The Xbox Digital Sale gives its players the chance at their own summer sale. And from June 30 to July 10 AAA and indie titles will be up to 70 percent off or 80 percent for Xbox Live Gold members. In general, Gold members will save 10 percent more. There are over 300 games in the sale and span both the Xbox One and 360. Some of the deals for the One include Mass Effect Andromeda at 40 and 50 percent, For Honor at 30 and 40 percent, Rocket League at 30 and 40 percent, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt at 30 and 40 percent, Far Cry 4 at 50 and 60 percent, The Division at 50 and 60 percent, Fallout 4 at 35 and 45 percent, Final Fantasy XV at 30 and 40 percent and way more. Included in the games list are DLC as well as deluxe editions for games. See all of the deals here. View full article
  16. The Xbox Digital Sale gives its players the chance at their own summer sale. And from June 30 to July 10 AAA and indie titles will be up to 70 percent off or 80 percent for Xbox Live Gold members. In general, Gold members will save 10 percent more. There are over 300 games in the sale and span both the Xbox One and 360. Some of the deals for the One include Mass Effect Andromeda at 40 and 50 percent, For Honor at 30 and 40 percent, Rocket League at 30 and 40 percent, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt at 30 and 40 percent, Far Cry 4 at 50 and 60 percent, The Division at 50 and 60 percent, Fallout 4 at 35 and 45 percent, Final Fantasy XV at 30 and 40 percent and way more. Included in the games list are DLC as well as deluxe editions for games. See all of the deals here. View full article
  17. The Xbox Digital Sale gives its players the chance at their own summer sale. And from June 30 to July 10 AAA and indie titles will be up to 70 percent off or 80 percent for Xbox Live Gold members. In general, Gold members will save 10 percent more. There are over 300 games in the sale and span both the Xbox One and 360. Some of the deals for the One include Mass Effect Andromeda at 40 and 50 percent, For Honor at 30 and 40 percent, Rocket League at 30 and 40 percent, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt at 30 and 40 percent, Far Cry 4 at 50 and 60 percent, The Division at 50 and 60 percent, Fallout 4 at 35 and 45 percent, Final Fantasy XV at 30 and 40 percent and way more. Included in the games list are DLC as well as deluxe editions for games. See all of the deals here.
  18. Assassin's Creed: Origins was one of E3 2017's worst kept secrets thanks to numerous pre-show leaks, but it made its official unveiling at Microsoft's E3 press event. The debut trailer confirmed the rumored ancient Egyptian setting, detailing the story of the first group of people to call themselves assassins. The gameplay demonstration introduced players to Bayak, described as an "Egyptian sheriff" of sorts named, sliding down the side of a still-young pyramid. He faced off against armored enemies in a coliseum using various methods including the traditional blades, a sword and shield combination, and multi-shot bow and arrow strikes. Bayak's also shown swimming underwater, avoiding deadly threats like hippos and crocodiles. Among the locations players will explore include the Mediterranean Sea as well as the numerous royal tombs that dot the city of Giza. A long-form demo showcased additional gameplay from Origins, detailing new mechanics and stealth maneuvers. Using a trained eagle scout and pinpoint enemies, Bayak infiltrates the grounds of a local ruler's stronghold. The eagle seems to have replaced the series' signature towers for gaining new geography intel. Bayak used the tall grass to sneak up on guards and perform traditional takedowns. The demo concluded with Bayak taking down the ruler with a single bow shot, guiding the arrow's trajectory with a slow motion, first-person view. Assassin's Creed: Origins launches October 27 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Do you feel the Egyptian setting and origin story are enough to shake-up the long-running franchise?
  19. Assassin's Creed: Origins was one of E3 2017's worst kept secrets thanks to numerous pre-show leaks, but it made its official unveiling at Microsoft's E3 press event. The debut trailer confirmed the rumored ancient Egyptian setting, detailing the story of the first group of people to call themselves assassins. The gameplay demonstration introduced players to Bayak, described as an "Egyptian sheriff" of sorts named, sliding down the side of a still-young pyramid. He faced off against armored enemies in a coliseum using various methods including the traditional blades, a sword and shield combination, and multi-shot bow and arrow strikes. Bayak's also shown swimming underwater, avoiding deadly threats like hippos and crocodiles. Among the locations players will explore include the Mediterranean Sea as well as the numerous royal tombs that dot the city of Giza. A long-form demo showcased additional gameplay from Origins, detailing new mechanics and stealth maneuvers. Using a trained eagle scout and pinpoint enemies, Bayak infiltrates the grounds of a local ruler's stronghold. The eagle seems to have replaced the series' signature towers for gaining new geography intel. Bayak used the tall grass to sneak up on guards and perform traditional takedowns. The demo concluded with Bayak taking down the ruler with a single bow shot, guiding the arrow's trajectory with a slow motion, first-person view. Assassin's Creed: Origins launches October 27 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Do you feel the Egyptian setting and origin story are enough to shake-up the long-running franchise? View full article
  20. If the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 isn't enough to satisfy your appetite for cyberpunk goodness, the folks at Odd Tales have you covered. Their stylish game The Last Night melds the dingy yet high-tech future aesthetic of Ridley Scott with an attractive pixel art presentation. The Last Night began as a flash game assembled in six days for a game jam competition and has expanded into a full-fledged project. The brief trailer below shows off a blend of action, platforming, and stealth mechanics. The Last Night arrives in 2018 for Xbox One, PC, and Mac. View full article
  21. If the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 isn't enough to satisfy your appetite for cyberpunk goodness, the folks at Odd Tales have you covered. Their stylish game The Last Night melds the dingy yet high-tech future aesthetic of Ridley Scott with an attractive pixel art presentation. The Last Night began as a flash game assembled in six days for a game jam competition and has expanded into a full-fledged project. The brief trailer below shows off a blend of action, platforming, and stealth mechanics. The Last Night arrives in 2018 for Xbox One, PC, and Mac.
  22. Xbox 360 backwards compatibility has been a pleasant surprise for the Xbox One due to its exceptional performance and a constantly growing library of compatible titles. Earlier this year it was revealed that Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, really values the idea of backwards compatibility. That vision appeared again at the Xbox's E3 media briefing, where the publisher announced they're expanding the initiative even further by making original Xbox games playable on the One. Cult favorite Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge was revealed as the first confirmed compatible Xbox title. Spencer touted that Xbox games will "look and play better across the Xbox One family." Additionally, Microsoft confirmed the process will be as simple as playing 360 games on the One. Simply pop in your old Xbox discs and they'll work. More impressive is that cross-generation system link play will allow players to connect multiple Xbox's, from the original to the One X, together to play LAN multiplayer for OG Xbox titles. Xbox backwards compatibility is slated to roll out this fall. What Xbox titles would you like to see made playable on Xbox One? View full article
  23. Xbox 360 backwards compatibility has been a pleasant surprise for the Xbox One due to its exceptional performance and a constantly growing library of compatible titles. Earlier this year it was revealed that Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, really values the idea of backwards compatibility. That vision appeared again at the Xbox's E3 media briefing, where the publisher announced they're expanding the initiative even further by making original Xbox games playable on the One. Cult favorite Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge was revealed as the first confirmed compatible Xbox title. Spencer touted that Xbox games will "look and play better across the Xbox One family." Additionally, Microsoft confirmed the process will be as simple as playing 360 games on the One. Simply pop in your old Xbox discs and they'll work. More impressive is that cross-generation system link play will allow players to connect multiple Xbox's, from the original to the One X, together to play LAN multiplayer for OG Xbox titles. Xbox backwards compatibility is slated to roll out this fall. What Xbox titles would you like to see made playable on Xbox One?
  24. Microsoft had much to share with gamers during their media event earlier today. Xbox One X became the final name for Project Scorpio and that it arrives November 7 for $499. Several AAA titles made big first impressions, including Metro Exodus, Assassin's Creed Origins, and Anthem. Promising indie titles such as The Last Night, The Darwin Project, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps rounded out Xbox One's software offerings, and the news of backwards compatibility for original Xbox games added even more value to the platform. If you missed out on any announcements, don't fret. This handy collection of our Xbox event news stories provides an easy way to get up to date. We'll be updating this story as more articles are published. Project Scorpio Becomes Xbox One X. Here's Everything We Know - A rundown of the Xbox One X's features that were unvield during the briefing. Assassin's Creed: Origins Debuts First Gameplay Trailer & Live Demo - After numerous leaks before the show, Assassin's Creed Origins had its official coming out party with an impressive gameplay demonstration. Metro Exodus Brings Bleak, Post-Apocalyptic Action To Xbox One - The Metro series makes its current gen debut with an exciting reveal trailer PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Coming Exclusively to Xbox One - The Battle Royale-style multiplayer sensation is making its home console debut on Xbox platforms this year. Dragon Ball Fighter Z Officially Revealed - a flashy new fighter in the Dragon Ball franchise takes some cues from Marvel vs Capcom, including 3-on-3 battles. Mass Effect Developer Officially Reveals Anthem Gameplay - Bioware provides an extended look at gameplay for its new IP, Anthem. Crackdown 3 Stars Terry Crews, Out This November - Terry Crews set the stage for Crackdown 3's big return to the limelight the only way he knew how: with hilarious shouting. Life is Strange: Before the Storm Announced - Life is Strange turns back the clock with a prequel story detailing the past of Chloe Price. Sea of Thieves Gameplay Demo Features Living Skeletons and Players Shooting Themselves Out of Cannons - Rare game viewers a meaty chunk of Sea of Thieves gameplay, showing off treasure hunts, naval battles, and more. The Darwin Project Throws Its Hat Into the Battle Royale Genre Ring - The Darwin Project is a fascinating new title that blends Battle Royale/Hunger Games-style deathmatches with current day streaming culture. Ori and the Blind Forest Receives A Somber Sequel - Ori and the Will of the Wisps sets a dark tone for the forest guardian's next journey. Cuphead Gets A New Trailer And Release Date - After numerous setbacks, the 1930's cartoon-inspired title finally gets a hard release date. Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility Coming To Xbox One - OG Xbox games will soon be playable on current gen consoles, including cross-generation system link play. 2D Cyberpunk Action Platformer The Last Night Coming To Xbox One - Odd Tales' stylish title combines a Blade Runner aesthetic with 2D action-platforming. The Artful Escape Is A Psychedelic Rock Fantasy Come To Life - Embark on a trippy personal journey to find your inner rock star with this imaginative adventure game. How did you feel about Microsoft's showing? What announcements excited you most? Was there anything you wanted to see on stage that didn't make it? View full article
  25. Microsoft had much to share with gamers during their media event earlier today. Xbox One X became the final name for Project Scorpio and that it arrives November 7 for $499. Several AAA titles made big first impressions, including Metro Exodus, Assassin's Creed Origins, and Anthem. Promising indie titles such as The Last Night, The Darwin Project, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps rounded out Xbox One's software offerings, and the news of backwards compatibility for original Xbox games added even more value to the platform. If you missed out on any announcements, don't fret. This handy collection of our Xbox event news stories provides an easy way to get up to date. We'll be updating this story as more articles are published. Project Scorpio Becomes Xbox One X. Here's Everything We Know - A rundown of the Xbox One X's features that were unvield during the briefing. Assassin's Creed: Origins Debuts First Gameplay Trailer & Live Demo - After numerous leaks before the show, Assassin's Creed Origins had its official coming out party with an impressive gameplay demonstration. Metro Exodus Brings Bleak, Post-Apocalyptic Action To Xbox One - The Metro series makes its current gen debut with an exciting reveal trailer PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Coming Exclusively to Xbox One - The Battle Royale-style multiplayer sensation is making its home console debut on Xbox platforms this year. Dragon Ball Fighter Z Officially Revealed - a flashy new fighter in the Dragon Ball franchise takes some cues from Marvel vs Capcom, including 3-on-3 battles. Mass Effect Developer Officially Reveals Anthem Gameplay - Bioware provides an extended look at gameplay for its new IP, Anthem. Crackdown 3 Stars Terry Crews, Out This November - Terry Crews set the stage for Crackdown 3's big return to the limelight the only way he knew how: with hilarious shouting. Life is Strange: Before the Storm Announced - Life is Strange turns back the clock with a prequel story detailing the past of Chloe Price. Sea of Thieves Gameplay Demo Features Living Skeletons and Players Shooting Themselves Out of Cannons - Rare game viewers a meaty chunk of Sea of Thieves gameplay, showing off treasure hunts, naval battles, and more. The Darwin Project Throws Its Hat Into the Battle Royale Genre Ring - The Darwin Project is a fascinating new title that blends Battle Royale/Hunger Games-style deathmatches with current day streaming culture. Ori and the Blind Forest Receives A Somber Sequel - Ori and the Will of the Wisps sets a dark tone for the forest guardian's next journey. Cuphead Gets A New Trailer And Release Date - After numerous setbacks, the 1930's cartoon-inspired title finally gets a hard release date. Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility Coming To Xbox One - OG Xbox games will soon be playable on current gen consoles, including cross-generation system link play. 2D Cyberpunk Action Platformer The Last Night Coming To Xbox One - Odd Tales' stylish title combines a Blade Runner aesthetic with 2D action-platforming. The Artful Escape Is A Psychedelic Rock Fantasy Come To Life - Embark on a trippy personal journey to find your inner rock star with this imaginative adventure game. How did you feel about Microsoft's showing? What announcements excited you most? Was there anything you wanted to see on stage that didn't make it?
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