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Jason Andrews

Founder & Editor of ThisisXbox.com having previously written for other gaming sites since 2007. Ex-Microsoft Xbox MVP, Elite Member of the XCN, dedicated fan of all things Microsoft and Call of Duty! Can't start the day without a nice ice cold Diet Coke, a non-hippy type vegetarian who will do anything to get on a cruise holiday!!
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Jade Raymond Quits Ubisoft After 10 Years

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In a press release on the official Ubisoft blog, it was announced by the gaming giants that Jade Raymond after 10 years is leaving to pursue other things and that Alexandre Parizeau, a founding team member of the Ubisoft Toronto studio, replaces Raymond as managing director.

During her tenure at Ubisoft, Raymond was producer on the first Assassin’s Creed (2004-2007) and served as executive producer on Assassin’s Creed II (2008-2009), Watch_Dogs (2008-2009) and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (2010-2013). She also opened the Ubisoft Toronto studio and served as its managing director since 2009, a role she will turn over to Parizeau starting October 29th 2014.

“I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Raymond. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavors.”

With more than 15 years in the game industry, Parizeau has an impressive range of experience across many facets of the business. As a founding core member of Ubisoft Toronto studio, Parizeau is a proven and trusted team builder and leader. He also served as senior producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, and producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Rainbow Six Vegas. Parizeau will report to Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto, and will » Continue Reading.

LIMBO Heading To Xbox One?

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Limbo, the massively popular and dark atmospheric puzzle game from Playdead, could be about to be reborn on the Xbox One if we are to take a rating listing from the Korean Ratings board as a huge hint. One of the best Summer of Arcade games ever (in our opinion) when it first launched on the Xbox 360 during the summer of 2010, we’re sure if not certain of its success on next-gen considering its popularity all those years ago!

I first rated the game 10/10 in 2010:

With the loneliness of your own shadow, the sound of your own footsteps and a dark bitter world of danger – LIMBO, not only takes you on a journey of survival, but a mentally challenging adventure that will leave you in a state of awe.

Nothing has yet been confirmed from Microsoft or Playdead following the Rating, but here’s hoping for some next-gen improvements and if we had our own way, a few new Xbox One exclusive levels to boot! If you’ve never played the original, Limbo was an addictive yet eerie game that involved many deaths of a young boy on the hunt for his sister in the worst nightmare imaginable.

When there are “Official” confirmations we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Thanks EuroGamer

Halo 2 Anniversary Documentary Announcement Trailer

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Remaking the Legend – Halo 2: Anniversary is a documentary chronicling 343 Industries’ journey as they re-imagine Halo 2, one of the most beloved video games of all time, for its ten-year anniversary.

Get unprecedented access to the development process as 343 and their team of partners from around the world bring Halo 2 to the Xbox One, while maintaining and honoring its fabled past.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection launches worldwide on November 11th 2014.

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Launch Trailer

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A new vision for the blockbuster franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare from Sledgehammer Games, takes players to a future devastated by a global attack. Rising from the chaos is Atlas, a Private Military Corporation led by the cunning Jonathan Irons. With the most powerful military force in the world, Atlas has effectively become a superpower for hire. Playing as Jack Mitchell, suit up in an advanced exoskeleton and join a highly-trained unit committed to restoring order.

The exoskeleton carries over into Multiplayer, where an all-new movement system changes the way players traverse the terrain. Chain together boost actions like jump, dodge, and dash in a fast and fluid style of play. Equip all-new abilities and armaments in the revamped Create-a-Class. Earn additional weapons and gear through in-game Supply Drops, outfitting your operator in the deepest customization experience in franchise history.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches on November 4th 2014

Far Cry 4 – Kyrat Collector’s Edition Trailer

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Far Cry 4 Kyrat Edition trailer shows the game’s collector’s edition that includes a Pagan Min figure, a collector’s edition box and more.

In Far Cry 4 Ubisoft have gone big and are pushing the boundaries of the serious further than they have before. Far Cry 4 is set in the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat ruled over by an evil dictator called Pagan Min. Players will take up the story of protagonist Ajay Ghile as he fights to remove Pagan Min from power… you can read more from our Hands-On here.

Far Cry 4 is due for a release on PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 18th, 2014.

Fable Legends Beta To A Select Few Today

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Lionhead Studios have unleashed the fabulous and totally addictive multiplayer of Fable Legends on to a select group of players in their closed Beta prior to the games release. We had a hands-on session at Gamescom this year and can not recommend it enough!

Hey Chicken Chasers! We will be inviting our very first small group of #FableLegends beta testers later today!

— Lionhead Studios (@LionheadStudios) October 16, 2014

For details on how to get involved you can take a ganders over the Fable Legends Blog page:

“First and foremost, this will be a real Closed Beta test and we want your help to make Fable Legends the incredible experience we’re aiming for. We’re inviting fans to help test the game as early in the development process as possible; not only do we want your help with identifying bugs, glitches and crashes, we also want to hear your ideas, feedback and suggestions!

With that in mind, on October 16th we’ll be inviting a handful of players to help test a very small slice of Fable Legends gameplay. These testers will be given the opportunity to provide detailed feedback on key areas of the game, and as we progress through the coming months we’ll gradually introduce more content and new features to be tested in the Beta.

If you’re not invited to test right away, don’t panic! With more content being introduced we’ll need more people to help test, and so further waves of invitations will be sent out as Beta progresses. Ultimately we hope to have a significant portion of our registrants in game before we leave Closed Beta.”

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Opening Cinematic At Golden Joystick Awards

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CD PROJEKT RED, the developer behind the Witcher franchise of games, is gearing up to unveil the opening cinematic from the studio’s flagship open world RPG fantasy adventure-The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

On the 24th of October, 15:45 BST, tune in to the Golden Joystick Awards Ceremony and be among the first people on the planet to watch Geralt of Rivia following The Trail, in an epic intro foreshadowing the main storyline of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. After the world premiere at Golden Joystick Awards, The Trail Opening Cinematic will also be made available on thewitcher.com/thetrail for everyone to enjoy.

Additionally, the studio is proud to inform that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been nominated in the “Most Wanted” category. Gamers eager to help the game win can cast their vote here.

Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a graphically stunning fantasy universe, full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as Geralt of Rivia, one of a dying caste of monster hunters, and embark on an epic journey in a war-ravaged world that will inevitably lead you to confront a foe darker than anything humanity has faced so far—the Wild Hunt.

The game is scheduled to launch February 24th, 2015, on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4

Leaked Image Suggest Zombie Mode Returns For Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is available to pre-load now from the Xbox Live Marketplace on Xbox One, and eager fans have wasted no time in dissecting the files and images associated with Achievements. One Achievement in particular that suggests the return of a Zombie mode is a game type connected to the Exo survival mode.

Exo Survivor, is an Achievement unlocked when a player “Successfully Complete the Exo Survival Bonus Wave.” – and the image associated with it is that of Zombies on the rampage in Exo Suits as shown above.

Nothing has been officially confirmed by Sledgehammer Games or Activision, but the release of this years Call of Duty in the way of ‘Advanced Warfare’ is a mere few weeks away. Out November 3rd for those who pre-ordered the Day One Edition and November 4th 2014 for everyone else around the globe.

Look out for our review in due course.

Vine App Available On Xbox One

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As of literally this minute, yes – this minute Vine fans you can entertain yourself with hours of the short, looping videos thanks to the Vine app on Xbox One. Available to quite a few Xbox Live locales, Vine should be available on the marketplace if you just “bing” it or check out the store.

The Xbox Wire posted the availability earlier today:

“This is the first Vine viewing experience built specifically for the TV, giving you access to funny, quirky, artistic, creative Vines directly in your living room. Now you can watch and explore the world of short, looping videos, and Xbox One makes them easy to enjoy using Kinect voice or gesture control to play, pause and search through the next or previous Vine. You can watch popular Vines, explore channels like Art, Music & Dance, and Comedy, view playlists, and more. In addition, the app can be snapped next to your games, TV or other entertainment apps, making it possible to watch Vines alongside your favorite games or whatever you’re watching.”

Check out the Vine experience today by visiting the Xbox Store and downloading Vine onto your Xbox One.

Forza Horizon 2 Review

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Playground Games blockbuster franchise returns for a next-gen outing on Xbox One with Forza Horizon 2. Take a glamorous road trip across the glorious European scenic setting for the racing festival event of the year as you head from southern France to northern Italy leaving behind all your worries for a competitive beautiful ride across some breath-taking terrains.

The original Xbox 360 Forza Horizon was a surprise hit when it first launched in 2012 and we scored it rather favourable noticing a less serious take on Turn 10’s more realistic racing series being Forza. Within Forza Horizon 2, the fun continues offering a vast range of competitive events both online and offline in the biggest open world racer yet for Xbox One with a choice of around 200 vehicles to race! Maintaining the high standards of a first class racing game; and for those gamers who may never of experienced the joys of its predecessor, this time around everything within the world of Forza Horizon 2 is highly polished, fine-tuned and raring to be enjoyed with a more socially integrated experience courtesy of the Forza Hub (available as an App download and jam packed with rewards). Extremely detailed and bursting with Mediterranean atmosphere, you’re not only in awe of the environments whilst playing, but you’re fast drawn in to ambiance and electricity of the festival events – you’re definitely playing to win as Forza Horizon 2 encourages cutthroat competitions between your Xbox Live Friends.

When playing in Solo Mode, your primary goal is to obtain as much CR Rewards as you can by winning races to progress further within the Festival events. A combination of CR and XP rewards score will also contribute to you levelling up, and to assist with even more score improvements you need to » Continue Reading.