November’s Games with Gold Are No Turkeys
So, since you enjoyed last month’s ID@Xbox title Chariot so much, we decided to follow up with another fantastic, brand-new indie title for the Xbox One crowd. This time, it’s Volgarr the Viking, an old-school, hack-and-slash platformer. And for the Xbox 360 gamers among you, Games with Gold gets you two classics, both the highlights of their particular series: Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise and Red Faction: Guerilla. As usual, all games are available only for a limited time, as part of the ongoing Games with Gold program – so find a buddy (or not), and jump in!
Minecraft: Diary of a Total Newbie, Part 2 – Plus Doctor Who DLC Update
This is the second part of our two-part Minecraft: Diary of a Total Newbie feature. If you haven’t yet, check out the first part of our writer’s initial foray into the vast, wild world of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, then come back and see what happens when he leaves the confines of the tutorial, and sets off to make a world all his own. When you’re ready to dive in for yourself, be sure to grab one of the many awesome add-ons (including the just-released Doctor Who skin pack) available for the game. Now then, it’s time to hear from the newbie!
5 Reasons We’re Excited for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Monolith Productions’ upcoming Lord of the Rings universe game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, may look like a familiar sort of experience – but you’ve never played an action game quite like this one. Here are five reason why we’re itching to jump into this very unique take on Middle-earth. You Can Collect Goblins Like Trading Cards. The Wraith powers in Shadow of Mordor are a really cool addition to the game. By dominating certain enemies, you can take control of them, and use them as a sort of personal army or mercenary service. Even cooler: Dominated enemies can level up and rank up naturally in the world, which lends a strong monster-hunting/role-playing element to the game.
Having Fun with Minecraft: Xbox One Edition’s Animals
Minecraft is awesome, because it allows you to do pretty much whatever you want. And when it comes to animals, there are a ton of options that go well beyond just breeding them and using them to collect resources. You should definitely try these out in the brand-spanking-new Minecraft: Xbox One Edition. Create a moat of cats to keep the Creepers at bay. Unlike everyone on the Internet, Creepers hate cats. So, they’ll super-hate dozens of them patrolling your home like meowing security guards. Build an army of tamed wolves, so that they can take care of those nasty spiders... because you’re not going near those things. It’s cool, we know you’re not afraid of spiders. They just squick you out; it doesn’t make you a wimp. Those wolves will chomp them all to bits, though, so don’t fret.
Minecraft: Diary of a Total Newbie, Part 1
I've always been curious about Minecraft. I have kind of an addictive personality when it comes to big, open games – and this one seemed like it was tailor-made to wrap me in its clutches and never, ever let go. On top of that, it looked like a good challenge to learn: all that building, all that crafting, all those wide-open, fully customizable spaces...the world was my oyster. Not to mention the game has practically followed me everywhere, appearing inevitably on any platform I have in front of me, occasionally intruding in the most unlikely places: a friend's smart phone in a bar, an otherwise gaming-adverse acquaintance – even my own preteen nephews were building crazy.