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Just Cause 3 Cranks Up the Chaos

Before diving into our hands-on demo of Just Cause 3, Game Director Roland Lesterlin said “We're really not into subtlety.” As anyone who's ever played Avalanche Studios' sandbox series can attest to, that may be the understatement of the decade. An intentionally over the-top open-world romp, 2010's Just Cause 2 was all about blowing stuff up real good, with style to spare. So how do you top what was essentially one explosive, extended action-movie set piece? Well, for starters: You give fans more of what they loved. Just Cause 3 returns players to the role of revolution-igniting Rico Rodriguez, the grappling-hook-shooting, parachute-packing protagonist with a thing for overthrowing... Read more

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A Dynamic, Co-Op Campaign Leads the Way for Call of Duty: Black Ops III

In the future, you’ll be able to control robots with your mind. Well, not your mind, exactly, but your Cyber Core – a piece of cybernetic technology tied into your brain stem. In Call of Duty: Black Ops III, modern super-soldiers use their Cyber Cores in tandem with other cybernetic augments to dominate on the battlefield, leaping enormous distances, sending shock waves on their landing, and yes, taking over robotic drones and using them against the enemy. You’ll still have plenty of awesome firearms to choose from, of course; this is a Call of Duty game, after all. But you won’t have to rely on bullets (or grenades, rockets, etc.) alone. In fact, you won’t need to rely on... Read more

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Dark Souls III Combines Beauty and Decay

Hidetaka Miyazaki, Game Director of Dark Souls III, gave a detailed demonstration of the game’s new elements at E3 2015. But series fans will perhaps be most pleased to learn that the core Dark Souls experience is unchanged: Challenge is high, sense of accomplishment is paramount, and a deep, subtly told storyline underlies the entire game. Set in a decaying world “on the brink of doomsday,” everything in Dark Souls III takes place under a jaundiced sun, amongst dustings of ash and smoke. In the demo we saw, the player immediately encounters one of the series’ iconic bonfires (which serve as checkpoints), as well as a marvelous vista of what appeared to be a medieval city, complete... Read more

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Warzone is the Coolest New Mode in Halo 5: Guardians

At E3 2015 last week, Halo 5: Guardians made a serious splash. You likely saw the four-player drop in/drop out campaign mission, where you control a team of Spartans lead by Locke to hunt down the AWOL Master Chief. But the mode we got to try our hand at is an entirely new entry into Halo multiplayer, one that redefines how Red vs. Blue matches play out. It’s called Warzone, and it’s the most badass Halo mode we’ve ever played. So how does Warzone work? The first team to score 1000 points or destroy the enemy team’s core wins.  Each round starts with you and your team of Spartans facing off against AI-controlled enemies. After a couple minutes of fighting lower-end Prometheans... Read more

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Celebrates Fans by Remastering Their Gears Tattoos

Few gaming communities can claim to match the passion and level of fan devotion of the Gears of War faithful. Since Gears of War first debuted in 2006, legions of Gears Nation fans have tattooed the COG Omen, iconic Lancer, or even Marcus Fenix himself permanently onto their skin. With last week's announcement of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, the first Gears is back at its best, and looking better than ever on Xbox One and Windows 10. Seeing as how it's been 9 years since Gears of War first made its mark on gaming, we thought this would also be a perfect time to remaster the tattoos of Gears fans. They may have faded over the last decade, but their amazing Gears memories certainly... Read more

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The Long Dark’s Raphael van Lierop Talks Staying Alive and Game Preview on Xbox One

Within the massive Xbox booth at last week's E3 2015 was a pretty revolutionary game. The Long Dark is big news in the Xbox One community, not just because it’s one of the first survival titles on the Xbox One, or one of the most popular community-driven, indie games on any platform, but because it’s something of a poster child for Game Preview on Xbox One, an exciting new way to deliver games to Xbox fans. We caught up with Raphael van Lierop, Founder and Creative Director of The Long Dark developer Hinterland Studios, at E3 2015, to ask a few questions about the journey his game has taken from idea to ID@Xbox.Xbox Wire: The Long Dark is one of the first titles to come to fans via... Read more

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Death and Adventure Wait for You in Below

Below doesn’t need words to tell its story. Like the dangers that wait in the depths of the dungeons you’re exploring, the story is hidden in dark caverns and narrow tunnels. Death and rebirth, and death again ­­– this is what makes Below one of the most intriguing games at E3 2015. Developed by Capybara Games, the team behind the incredible little game Swords & Sworcery, Below puts you on an island in the middle of a storm. The only place to take shelter is a cave, and within you find stairs leading down to a dungeon. Not only does Below not tell you its story, it doesn’t tell you anything. Items you pick up have no description, so you need to use them to find out their... Read more

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Unravel: Physics-based Platforming and Puzzling with a Yarn-based Twist

Much like Ori and the Blind Forest, Limbo, and other beautiful, atmospheric puzzle-platformers, Unravel is packed with personality and has style to spare. Unlike those titles – or any other game, for that matter – Electronic Arts’ charming new indie title is inspired by a Björk song lyric. According to developer Coldwood Interactive's Creative Director Martin Sahlin, hearing the Icelandic star sing “While you're away my heart comes undone and slowly unravels in a ball of yarn...” sparked his imagination and spawned Yarny, Unravel's stringy protagonist. As his name implies, Yarny is a bipedal “being” made of... well, yarn. More than another adorable hero with mascot... Read more

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World of Tanks Unleashes Beautiful Destruction on Xbox One

Before beginning our recent demo of World of Tanks: Xbox One Edition, Creative Director and Executive Producer T.J. Wagner tossed out a few high-tech terms to describe how the free-to-play, 15-versus-15 action game has been visually enhanced for its upcoming debut on Microsoft’s new-gen box. While his references to “flow-mapping, HDR skies, and volumetric smoke” were somewhat lost on us, the eye-popping beauty unfolding before us was not. Taking place on the game’s classic Abbey map, our demo didn’t dive headfirst into a metal-twisting melee, but instead began on a scenic dirt road surrounded by lush foliage, rushing streams, and a cloud-dotted blue sky that wouldn’t look out... Read more

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Head Into the Known With Elite: Dangerous

What if a game let you visit every known star, planet, and other astronomical body in our galaxy? What if, in addition to those 160,000 destinations, it also let you visit around 400 billion other star systems, extrapolated from current scientific knowledge about space? What if all that space was arranged in scientifically accurate scale? And what if that game let you travel anywhere in our incomprehensibly vast galaxy in your own ship, trading or mining or fighting or just exploring? What if you could play that game right now?You can. Elite: Dangerous is one of the two games now available for download through the brand-new Game Preview on Xbox One. That means you can download the entire... Read more

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Cuphead Will Kill You With Cuteness

“Cute but deadly” doesn’t even begin to describe Cuphead. The ID@Xbox darling is getting in front of the public here at E3 2015 and they’re learning what we’ve been saying all year: Cuphead is the most stylish, adorable, funny game around. And it’s so fun and challenging it hurts. If Max Flesicher took a break from Betty Boop cartoons and decided to make a Contra game, it’d look something like Cuphead. Embodying the cartoons of the 1930s, the game pops with more charisma than even the cartoons it’s paying homage to. Giant cuckoo clocks, friendly (and not-so-friendly) animals, and two bizarre heroes whose craniums are dishware all contribute to the game’s standout... Read more

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The Gangs of London Tussle in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

The Assassin’s Creed storyline is barreling towards the modern day with each subsequent title, and Ubisoft’s latest offering, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate brings the franchise into the “modern” era. With it come a few new tricks and gadgets and, for the first time ever, both a male and female protagonist. Overall, Syndicate is shaping up to be a grittier, more aggressive Assassin’s Creed game. Set in the late 1800s, with the Industrial Revolution in full swing, Syndicate dumps players onto the soot-covered streets of London. The E3 2015 demo we got our hands on offered just a glimpse into what the game offers and we did get to try out a few of the new features. As seen in the... Read more

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Madden NFL 16 Squeezes More Awesome Out of the Xbox One

Keeping an annual franchise fresh year after year is a tall task, but based on our recent time on the sidelines with longtime EA Sports' Senior Producer Seann Graddy, Madden NFL 16 is poised to continue refining the pigskin property's fan-favorite elements, while also innovating to up its authenticity and immersion. Featuring a new focus on risk/reward systems, Madden NFL 16 – the series' third entry on the Xbox One – is emphasizing both its passing and defensive games. The former, according to Graddy, “is all about dominating your opponents with the pass, through your quarterback, through your receiver with new catch types and ways to deliver the ball.” Complemented by... Read more

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Six Rare Replay Titles We Can’t Wait to Replay

Let’s take a moment and join in a collective slow clap for the announcement of Rare Replay on the Xbox One. This collection doesn’t just mean the return of 30 classic titles on a new-generation console. It also means that old-timers like us get to trip down memory lane and relive the wonder days of after-school game sessions and having to fight overbearing siblings for use of the controller. Of all Rare’s great titles, these six stand out most in our personal memories – some for being addictive, some for being revolutionary, and one for being an unending source of childhood trauma. (We’re looking at you, Battletoads.) We’re looking forward to playing all 30 games in the... Read more

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‘Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3’ Wednesday, June 17 Recap

For those of you whose E3 has been a blur, we’re here to help bubble up the top Xbox news for you. Our Xbox panels of insiders, including Xbox Live’s Major Nelson and Acey Bongos, Blair Herter, and Tiffany Smith, just wrapped the third and final episode of Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 for 2015. Today, they took a look at some major titles and hot new tech fans requested to see. More details on Halo 5: Guardians, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and The Division, fan-favorite Cuphead, a chat with Kudo Tsunoda about Microsoft HoloLens, and more; Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 had it all from Wednesday at E3. By now the crew is folding up the broadcast stage and marking the boxes for Cologne, Germany,... Read more

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Tom Clancy’s The Division Levels Up Squad Based Multiplayer

We got our grubby little hands on the upcoming squad-based, third-person shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division at Ubisoft’s E3 booth, and left the experience adrenalized, exhilarated, and all-around stoked. The game looks beautiful, of course, but the graphics aren’t the main selling point. The deep customizability of characters, weapon loadouts, and teams are what keep each gameplay session feeling fresh and exciting – as do the complex, completely free interactions that players can engage in with each other. We played a session of three-vs.-three-vs.-three – though not exactly “versus” since the player squads didn’t start off hostile to each other. Sure, we entered into a... Read more

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Return to the Wasteland in Style with Fallout 4

If there’s one game that role-playing fans have been anticipating at this E3, it’s unequivocally Fallout 4. Sequel to the mind-bendingly successful Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4 takes the player to the outskirts of Boston, just before the bombs fall. Here, players experience life in the Fallout universe’s idyllic take on a science-fictional 1950’s America, complete with robotic butlers, fallout-shelter salesmen and, of course, a comprehensive character-creation system that lets players sculpt every detail of their characters’ look. The system is so robust that developers Bethesda Games Studios used it themselves to create Fallout 4’s many NPCs. Eventually, the... Read more

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Rainbow Six: Siege – Not for the Quiet Type

If there were ever a game that demanded constant communication, it’s Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege. Lone wolves, strong silent types, and jerkwads need not apply here. To be successful, a team of operators needs a good leader, open microphones, and at least the semblance of a plan. We played a couple matches of multiplayer Siege at the E3 2015 Xbox games showcase, and aside from being insanely fun, the game plays at a decidedly different pace from other team-on-team multiplayer titles we’ve tried. Character movement is slower than, say, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but pacing feels somehow faster thanks to the relentless timer and the foreboding sense that someone is either... Read more

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Forza Motorsport 6 Makes Us Love a Rainy Night

Beyond just a racing franchise, the Forza series has always been a celebration of racing, a love letter to the sport, the cars, and the people who push everything to the absolute limit so they can be the fastest, the sleekest, and the first across the line. One of the cars to make its videogame debut in Forza Motorsport 6 is the all-new Ford GT. A pre-production version of the car -- and the first-ever to be built -- made a dramatic entrance at the Xbox E3 Briefing, lowered down from the rafters just moments before its digital version appeared on-screen. And that’s just one of the 450 amazing vehicles to grace the latest version of the best racing franchise around.Forza Motorsport 6... Read more

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Need for Speed Refuels for New-Gen Reboot

Before breaking down the key concepts behind Need for Speed, Ghost Games' upcoming reboot of Electronic Arts' signature tire-screeching series, Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson described what he and his team feel is the ultimate Need for Speed experience: “Going ridiculously fast... 150 miles per hour... into a corner, with a highly modified car, with your friends, and chased by cops.” That “perfect moment,” as Nilsson went on to call it, won't be some epic, endgame set piece that players experience before the credits roll, but one in a nonstop series of pedal-to-the-metal moments that define the game from start to finish. This skyrocketing adrenaline rush comes courtesy of what... Read more

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Puts the Flowers on the Offensive

Sequels to popular series often take the “bigger and better” approach, refining and polishing what fans loved the first time around – while also giving them lots more of it. Electronic Arts' and PopCap Games' Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is raising the bar on this concept by not only fulfilling the requirements of a superior sequel, but also putting a fresh spin on the age-old fight between pretty flora and undead freaks. The follow-up brings back its predecessor's 24-player online matches, personality-packed presentation, and crazy cast of characters... but also adds more modes, maps, and classes, all steered by an unexpected narrative twist. According to Franchise Creative... Read more

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