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Microsoft: Gamescom 2015 conference highlights

Microsoft kicked things off at Gamescom 2015 with their conference showing off some big upcoming games and touting the relationship between Windows 10 and the Xbox One. Both cross play and cross buy features are coming this year, and a new chatpad that plugs into the Xbox One controller will make communication across both Xbox One and devices with Windows 10 even easier. Microsoft again touted the backwards compatability for Xbox 360 titles to be playable on the Xbox One, stating at least 100 titles will be featured when it becomes available this November. Xbox One will also be upgraded to Windows 10 in November, and the operating system is currently free for PC users to upgrade their home systems. Below are the gaming highlights from the conference.

Quantum Break

Remedy Games action adven...

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New releases for the week of August 3, 2015

Not a lot on the gaming front as we head into the first week of August. Xbox One users get the collection of classic games from developer Rare in Rare Replay, which gives you 30 games for 30 dollars. The Nintendo 3DS gets another entry in the Etrian Odyssey series with Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight. On the home video front the second movie from the Divergent series, Insurgent, comes to store shelves, along with the action comedy Barely Lethal, the drama Far From the Madding Crowd, and the J.K. Rowling miniseries The Casual Vacancy. Coming to the big screen this week is director Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) reboot of Fantastic Four, the thriller The Gift, and the Meryl Streep led comedy drama Ricki and the Flash...

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King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember- A charming, entertaining interactive animated fable

Let me state right off the bat here that I have never played a King’s Quest game before, though I have played a few other adventure titles, most notably in recent years those coming from Telltale Games. So coming into this sequel/reboot from publisher Sierra and developer The Odd Gentlemen I have a much different perspective than that of longtime fans of the older PC games. And I will say that my introduction to the series was a very pleasant experience, though not without a few minor bumps in the road.

King’s Quest is set up as a serialized chapter game (there will be five chapters in all plus an epilogue), and it tells the story of Graham, and how he came to be King...

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Techland announces The Following, an expansion to Dying Light

Techland announced that an expansion will be coming to its popular zombie/parkour game Dying Light. Called The Following, the expansion will be story driven, with a map the same size as all of the other game’s maps combined. Also coming with the expansion are drivable all terrain dirt buggies, which should prove useful for running over the living dead.

dying light expansionNo word on pricing or a release date, but The Following will be free to season pass holders. More is said to be being revealed at Gamescom. Stay tuned for more details.

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New releases for the week of Monday, July 27, 2015

Not a lot of big releases for this final week of July, but some of note. The adventure game remake King’s Quest kicks things off with its first chapter “A Knight to Remember”. “Dark Room”, the penultimate chapter for Life is Strange, launches this week, as does the remastered version of Legend of Kay and the RPG Lost Dimension. On the home video front we get an alternate universe in the DC animated movie Justice League: Gods and Monsters, and Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons plays an alien who befriends a young girl in the family friendly flick Home. On the big screen, the Griswolds hit the road again in a remake of the Chevy Chase classic comedy Vacation, and Tom Cruise once again performs mind boggling stunts as the IMF tackles a shadowy organization in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation...

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Journey the PS4 experience- Still magical three years later

When thatgamecompany released Journey onto the PS3 in 2012, critics and gamers alike took to the simple yet enchanting trek across the sands to a light in a distant mountain. It topped many Game of the Year lists that year, despite it being an indie title and not an extravagant, action packed AAA game. For many the two hour experience (and be assured, it is more of an experience than a game) transcended those found in other games, running players through a gamut of emotions, from curiosity to wonder to fear to sadness and then to joy. It was profound in itself when you took the journey alone, but it gained even more should you happen upon a companion...

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Life is Strange hits 1 million in sales, Episode 4 releases next week

The episodic time manipulating game Life is Strange has hit the 1 million mark in sales for Square Enix and developer Dontnod Entertainment. Coming with the news announcing the sales figures was the date we can expect the next installment. Episode 4, titled “Dark Room”, will be available next week, on Tuesday, July 28, for the PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

According to the episode’s synopsis, Max “pushes the investigation surrounding the disappearance of Rachel Amber and the strange happenings in Arcadia Bay into unexplored and daunting territory. As the End of the World party approaches, Max must use her powers to put all the pieces of the puzzle in place.”

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Rise of the Tomb Raider expanding to other platforms in 2016

Turns out that Rise of the Tomb Raider will only be an Xbox exclusive for a year. Square Enix announced today that the sequel to 2013’s Tomb Raider will be expanding to PC and PS4 in 2016. Those getting the game on PC will get it a little earlier, with the title said to be being released in “early 2016″ on Steam. The console exclusivity will continue until “holiday 2016″, when the game will then make the leap onto the PS4.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to hit store shelves on November 10 for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter- A mystery that’s both rewarding and frustrating

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is one of those rare games that separates itself from the pack in offering players no hand holding. While many will say this is a good thing, there is such a thing as going a bit too far. It would be one thing if the game had you uncover clues to point you in the right direction. That would at least give you some idea as to where to go or what to do next. But developer The Astronauts offers no such coddling. It’s completely up to the player to explore and find his way, even though that means by the end the player may have to backtrack to find something he missed. You need to find everything for the game to trigger the ending, which, while decent, isn’t so fantastic that it feels rewarding for making you backtrack...

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New releases for the week of Monday, July 20, 2015

Not a lot of major releases this week, but there are some of note. Batgirl becomes playable for those who opted out of Arkham Knight’s season pass, and episode 5 of Telltale Games Game of Thrones releases this week. Two previous digital releases, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood and Zombie Army Trilogy, become available on retail disc, and Journey makes the leap onto the PS4. No real major titles on home video this week, though there are a couple of anime series- Soul Eater Not and Blazblue: Alter Memory. Hitting theaters this week is the Adam Sandler sci-fi comedy Pixels, the horror thriller The Vatican Tapes, and the comedy drama Paper Towns. Time to go off to the list and, as always, release dates are subject to change.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GAMES

Batgirl: A Matter of Family (DLC Batman: Ark...

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