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Microsoft announces backwards compatibility for the Xbox One at E3 2015

What a glorious, glorious day it was for current (and future) Xbox One owners. Microsoft‘s E3 2015 press conference happened earlier today and it dropped a huge bombshell: backwards compatibility for the Xbox One is going to be a reality. Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who announced the new functionality, said that it will be free to use as long as you own the Xbox 360 game yourself – those dusty libraries of Xbox 360 games aren’t going to go to waste after all. Depending on your game format, you’ll be able to download existing games in your library, or if you have discs, insert the discs and presumably install them that way. With 100 games to be supported when the features launches “this fall” and many more to be added to the library in the near future, this is surely a sure sign that Xbox One will be the more popular ...

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Fallout 4 announcement

Fallout 4 announcement coming on June 3rd, launching to PC, current and old-gen consoles

I’ve been dying to hear the words “Fallout 4 announcement” for far too long now, but it appears the wait is almost over. On the Bethesda hosted Fallout website, a “Please Stand By” splash can be seen counting down towards zero – at the time of writing there is just over 3 hours left before what is presumably the official announcement of a new Fallout game, which is expected to be named Fallout 4. This theory has been bolstered after Reddit user ChakiDrH went through Bethesda’s website source code and dug out some interested tidbits, chief among which is that the website’s domain is for Fallout 4. Other useful details include pre-order links for the game and exist for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and also older gen consoles, PS3 and Xbox 360. It’s been 7 years since Fallout 3 and the Fallout franchise’s cultish following has been reaching a fever pitch over ...

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Steam Summer sale

Brace yourselves, a Steam sale is coming: 11th of June allegedly the start date for Steam Summer sale

If there’s one thing that is sure to clear your wallet of money – that doesn’t start with “C” and end in “Christmas” – is a Steam sale, and it’s very possible that one is going to start on June 11th. Details of what’s probably going to be the Steam Summer sale was posted up on Valve‘s VKontakte page, which is kind of like Facebook, and says that said sale will be happening between June 11th and June 20th, to be followed by 2 days of encore sales. That does sound exactly what a Steam Summer sale would be like, so we’re inclined to believe it, for now. We especially like the note at the end of the post which reads (translated): “Also we advise to read our guidance on sales, not to spend all the money in one day”. Classic Valve. We’re probably going to get nothing out of Valve ...

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Xbox 360 games to Xbox One

I like where this is going: Phil Spencer talks bringing more Xbox 360 games to Xbox One

By now, hoping for backwards compatibility on a new video game consoles is pretty much a moot point. Thankfully, Microsoft and Sony have instead started to bring some of its titles from old consoles to next-gen consoles, and we’re excited to see where this goes. On the topic of bringing more Xbox 360 games to Xbox One specifically, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has revealed that he’s very open to the idea this. “Lots of 360 games I’d like to bring to XB1. Only so much time and want to focus on making new games. Not easy tradeoffs.” You can kind of understand where Spencer is coming from, especially considering the line-up that is planned for the rest of the year. Even so, we can’t help but want more of the classics from the Xbox 360 – Viva Pinata anyone? What would you think about having more Xbox 360 games brought to Xbox ...

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege releases October 13th, 2015

The name Rainbow Six has somewhat faded into obscurity in the video game world, particularly given the booming popularity of competing franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield, leaving Ubisoft without an entry in one of the biggest video game genres. Thankfully, it looks like Ubisoft is really to breach the first-person shooter market again with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege for which it released an extremely ominous and technical official trailer – check it out: Unlike Battlefield or Call of Duty, Rainbow Six Siege looks like it’s going to be relying much more on gadgets and team tactics to achieve objectives, which is a welcome change to the run-and-gun tactics that have become the norm in more recent shooters. Perhaps most interesting is that Ubisoft is committing to have Rainbow Six Siege released this October – October 13th to be exact, which means it will be going head-to-head with the ...

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate debut trailer

The Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate debut trailer sets the scene in 1868 London

Ubisoft has finally given us what we’ve all been asking for: an assassin in a top hat. Just me? Anyway, Ubisoft has today unveiled its latest chapter in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which has apparently done away with the oft-confusing numbering system again. The Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate debut trailer shows the protagonist, Jacob Frye, in London 1868 fighting for the working class, a Robin Hood of sorts. Check out the trailer below: Just from watching the trailer, Syndicate seems a little different than its predecessors, if not only for the inclusion of gadgets like the grappling hook. Only time will tell if its different enough to separate itself as a great game by itself or just another Assassin’s Creed game with a different skin. One thing that will be different is that you will spend part of the game playing as a woman, which is a nice change for ...

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection

343 Industries: “Halo: The Master Chief Collection is definitely a black eye for us”

343 Industries has only had 2 major projects released since becoming stewards of the iconic Halo video game franchise. One was the very impressive Halo 4 on the Xbox 360 just before the new generation of consoles came into effect, and the other was Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a collection of every first-person shooter Halo game to date (except Halo: Reach) jam-packed into one game. As many of you will have heard, the latter was a pretty disastrous experience for everyone, the primary culprit being significant matchmaking and network issues. So much so that 343 Industries Franchise Development Director, Frank O’Connor, has admitted that “Halo: The Master Chief Collection is definitely a black eye for us”. It was no small task to combine all these games, but 343 Industries persisted. “I will say that the nature of The Master Chief Collection – you’ve got five different game engines, you’ve got different ...

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"All Who Follow You" trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight

“All Who Follow You” trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight has dropped today

In case you haven’t heard, Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment really know how to make a Batman game. The third and last game in the Batman: Arkham series helmed by Rocksteady, Batman: Arkham Knight, is due for release in June and their latest trailer has dropped today to get those saliva ducts working. The “All Who Follow You” trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight shows plenty of destruction as the Arkham Knight and his army, with the help of many of Arkham’s favourite villains, wreck havoc in Gotham, and all that remains to stop him are Batman and his allies. Check out the trailer below: Ominous, to say the least. As you can see, the trailer shows a whole lot of FreeFlow Combat which has become a staple in these Batman games, but this time Batman’s not alone – Arkham Knight will also allow for “Dual Play” which will allow you ...

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marvel and telltale games

Match made in comic book heaven: Marvel and Telltale Games to make video games together

If there’s a game studio who’s on a roll this past year, it would have to be Telltale Games. After inking deals with the hugely popular Game of Thrones and Minecraft franchises, it was announced by Marvel a few days ago that Marvel and Telltale Games will be making video games together based on Marvel intellectual property. Given Telltale Games’ proven ability to accurately convey emotional and brooding stories in previous games like The Walking Dead, this would go perfectly in hand with the darker stories of the Marvel Universe, and I’m honestly struggling to contain my excitement. Marvel Games creative director, Bill Roseman, did say, however, that the games developed under the partnership would feel “exquisite” and “sexy” – this is interesting as this isn’t generally the vibe that I get from Telltale Games’ current games, despite their storytelling prowess, so presumably some collaboration is going to go on between the two parties to make ...

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total war: warhammer

Oh. My. Word: Total War: Warhammer gets its first cinematic trailer

The Total War franchise has made its name over the last few years by making breathtakingly vast battles between immense enemies look easy, but the games have always been seeded in the world’s history. That’s no longer true with The Creative Assembly‘s first take on an established fantasy world, and what a world it is. Of course, we’re talking about the world of Warhammer, and the game is called Total War: Warhammer, a beautiful marriage of the Total War series’ epic battles and Warhammer’s formidable lore. At least in theory. And my dreams. The cinematic trailer sets the scene for what will be the overarching story of Total War: Warhammer, though it’s probably a bit too early to say too much about it. Orcs, Dwarves, Vampires, and Humans look like they’ll all be playable races in the game and we’d hope there are more revealed in the near future. SEGA and The ...

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