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Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 24 Apr 2015

The Xbox One isn't doing poorly. It's selling faster than the Xbox 360 was at this point in the generation. However, as soon as you compare it to the PS4's runaway sales, it looks much less impressive. In fact, the sales for Xbox One are dropping, as is the brand's revenue.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 21 Apr 2015

Alan Wake, the survival-horror action game that began its life as an Xbox 360 exclusive, became a firm fan favourite when it was eventually released in 2010 after a protracted series of delays. There was a standalone bit of DLC for the game in Alan Wake’s American Nightmares, and very little news on the writer whose fiction came to life since then. It was always meant to be a series of games though – and a sequel may still come.

Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 15 Apr 2015

Guitar Hero used to be one of the biggest games out there. It enthralled tons of people who learned to play their faux plastic instruments to perfection. Of course, the game itself offered little more than rhythm gaming to songs we loved. Now, it's coming to the new generation of consoles and gamers, and it's bringing with it a deeper experience.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 14 Apr 2015

Mortal Kombat X is out today, and I’m terribly excited to stab everything in the face later today, before installing the game and having a few gentlemanly matches. Word on the street, now that the game is out, is that it’s rather good. We’ve been worried that the late embargo, and the tight controls over who gets review copies might mean the game is worse than it ought to be – but it seems that fear has been for naught. Critics are almost universally impressed.

Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 07 Apr 2015

I don't have a Kinect. You would think as the only woman in the team, they would have sent me one as well as a variety of fitness or dancing games. However, my Xbox One came solely with the console and controller. I still have mixed feelings at the idea of a camera in my living room - some aspects of "living" shouldn't be seen by outsiders - but plenty of people swear by the power of the Kinect. However, for those who use it on PC, they may need to change their shopping patterns.

Posted by Alessandro Barbosa - 27 Mar 2015

Microsoft have been fairly consistent with crucial monthly updates for the Xbox One. The March update finally added screenshot functionality, which was easily the most requested feature since launch. April is fairly light on game-changing features, but there’s still enough to get excited about. Like Party Chat changes, for example.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 27 Mar 2015

The 1.08 patch for GTA V managed to improve the game’s frame rate performance across both of the new gen console, but it seems this boost to fps came at the expense of some of the game’s graphical fidelity and some of its physics. There’s a great deal more texture pop-in, the level of detail has taken a serious knock, and the anisotropic filtering has pretty much just gone away. Rockstar’s released a brand new patch with an iterative number on the end…but it unfortunately doesn’t fix much.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Mar 2015

Another month, another batch of games to help justify having spent some dosh on that Xbox Live Gold account of yours. The Xbox platform has a new bunch of games out next month, and they’ve clearly ignored my idea to have a link for a free version of Forza Horizon 2 that is actually a link for an HD remaster of Ride To Hell: Retribution. Something about that idea being “not funny”. Pfft, what do they know, right? Here’s what you’re actually getting next month.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 25 Mar 2015

The very best thing I can say about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is that it’s better than Ghosts. It at least had a pretty good single player campaign, and even managed to inject a bit of life in the multiplayer – even if the servers negated whatever gains were had. Already host to a bunch of DLC, Advanced Warfare is getting even more.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 19 Mar 2015

Halo: The Masterchief Collection for the Xbox One - aside from not really working as far as its multiplayer matchmaking goes - is a great example of a remastered HD collection  done right. New textures and tech laid over the same great gameplay, with all of the main games bundled together for one low price. Rumours, speculation, conjecture and plain wishful thinking have pointed to similar treatment for Gears of War. With new Microsoft Studio Black Tusk hard at work readying a new generation sequel, this year would be the perfect time to drum up interest in the franchise anew. Could it happen? Maybe.