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#IDARB Review

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Saying #IDARB is fun doesn’t do it justice. Saying it’s joyous, intense and engrossing, doesn’t say nearly enough. To describe it as highly competitive, lightning fast and powerfully compelling isn’t nearly enough, not nearly enough to fully describe the #IDARB experience. Adjectives just aren’t going to do it. I’m going to spend 700 words now trying to convince you of its quality, its fecund fun, but you really must play it to fully understand. You must play it, you should play it and I hope you will play it, because it’s an absolutely brilliant party game.

Wonderfully, for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, it’ll cost you nothing to try #IDARB out as it joins the Games with Gold promotion in February. For everyone else, I implore you to pick it up; you seldom see a game quite like this. Other Ocean, didn’t go into #IDARB’s development with their minds’ made up, instead they took to Twitter with an image of a red box and the comment “It draws a red box” and asked where they should go from there. A flood of tweets came pouring in and Other Ocean began implementing and experimenting with the many ideas until the eSport #IDARB was formed: a cross between an arena ball game and Super Smash Bros. with a bit of Bomberman thrown in there for good measure.

Up to eight players take to the arena and aim to score as many points as possible by navigating the platforms, dodging players, and throwing the ball into their opponent’s goal. The further you are away from the goal when the ball sails in, the more points you earn. Furthermore, a multiplier is implemented depending on completed passes and ball bounces to enhance the point total of a goal even more. All the while » Continue Reading.

First Impressions Video: #iDARB

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What’s the first instance of playing a new videogame like? Well if Greg’s experience is anything to go by it’s funny, confusing, and full of swearing.

Join us for another episode of First Impressions, this time Greg Giddens tries #IDARB on the Xbox One.

#IDARB is due for release in February 2015 on Xbox One, and will be part of the Xbox Games with Gold promotion for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

State Of Decay: Year One Survival Edition Release Date Confirmed

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Microsoft confirmed yesterday that the next generation port of State of Decay will be hitting our beloved Xbox One systems this April.

Undead Labs’ State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition won’t just be a port though, it’s going to be getting the full 1080p treatment when it launches on 28th April 2015, making it the perfect time to play the zombie survival title if you missed it on the Xbox 360.

It’s looking pretty damn glorious from the screenshots that Gamespot have acquired. Here’s to hoping that this remastered edition will have a lot of the kinks and technical issues fixed, as State of Decay was a great downloadable game.

Xbox One To Get A Screenshot Feature Early This Year

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Ever want to take a screenshot of your work on Xbox One? It’s been no secret that the ‘other console’ has been able to do this using their ‘share’ button with some pretty neat results; well now the Xbox One will be getting that feature too.

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, said,

Screenshots are coming early this year,

I know it has been a question for quite a while. We delivered themes [and] I think a natural add-on to themes are screenshots.

Giving people more ability to share their great gaming moments on the platform, whether it’s just as a screenshot, as their background or through many of the different social networks that we allow people to share their content through is a long-term commitment that we have.

There’s an update scheduled for the Xbox One next month – which will include the ‘game-hubs’ feature. We wouldn’t put our houses on the screenshot feature being part of that, but it could be a part of the next update maybe?

Microsoft Detail February Dash Update

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Now that the Christmas and New Year period is officially over, Microsoft have resumed their monthly plan of scheduled Xbox One system updates, and they’ve just released details of the firmware refresh for February.

The addition that people will notice most is the option for tile transparency on the console’s home screen, allowing you to see more of your gorgeous custom backgrounds. The biggest addition though, will be Game Hubs.

Game Hubs will be a location on the home screen that collates stats on your progress through every game on the Xbox One catalogue. Compare yourself to your friends and throughout the community. This will list achievement information, DLC details and Twitch videos. There are also some shortcuts for how you’d like to play the game. Options for full screen play, with achievements snapped, Party Play, or to instantly start a Twitch broadcast are added to the “Play” submenu.

Other additions include the option to stream live TV to Windows Phone and Android users, if the TV Tuner option is available in your region, and there is a new “trending” tab for Live TV too.

Microsoft have also added some behind-the-gui updates for the console’s capability to communicate with newer models of TV.

If you’re lucky enough to be on the dashboard beta, this update should be available now, if not it’ll be heading your way early next month

Have a look at the overview video below, with Major Nelson and Richard Irving from the Xbox Engineering team for a quick demo.

Xbox One Avatars All Ready For A Makeover

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According to a new Job Vacancy advertised on Microsoft’s Cororate website, Avatars for your gamer profile could be about to get some much-needed makeover time with Jenny Frost and POD, nowhere in sight.

Spotted originally by Dualshockers, the vacancy is looking for a graphics engineer that will:

..work with us to grow the avatar platform across all of our platforms, leveraging the power of the Xbox One, the far reach of Windows, and the intimacy of touch on mobile devices.

Further on in the description, it’s clear that Microsoft are looking to take advantage of the better processing power of the One, asking potential candidates if they are prepared to send Xbox Avatars on:

..their biggest adventure yet with higher fidelity and a bigger stage in new Xbox experiences.

Does this mean that Avatars are making a comeback? When was the last time you updated or even looked at your Avatar? I can’t even remember what mine looks like if I’m honest, it’s not even mine at the top of this article, can you guess who’s it is? There are no prizes for guessing and we promise we won’t ask you to Snog, Marry, Avoid.

Would this encourage you to spend more hard-earned currency on Avatar items, or is it something that’s simply had it’s day?

 

Which Kinect Games Will Stand The Test Of Time?

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When the motion controlled Kinect technology first came to fruition in 2010 there were high hopes from gamers. Of course the Wii had really made strides in popularity, but with plenty of Microsoft clout behind this one people were expecting a revolution. Originally compatible with Xbox 360, Kinect is now available on Windows and Xbox One. They’ve constantly updated with a string of new versions, leading us to Kinect 2.0 – the second generation which came with the launch of the Xbox One.

Four years on, has it made the dent on the market it wanted and will the output stand the test of time as video game greats? Of course this is mostly a matter of opinion, but some critics praised it and the units flew off the shelves. So there is some justification to say it will have its spot in the Hall of Fame. With that said, it looks like it may have had its time in the sun and is on its way out. We must have had some good times, though, right?

As with the launch of the Wii, motion-sensored consoles and add-ons were routinely seen as entertaining folly for gatherings and social time, hence the popularity of broad-based sports games. Because of this, if you were planning a bet with one of the US’ best online casinos it would be easier to wager the single most played game on the platform would be Kinect Sports. Not flashy, easy to use, and easy to get everyone involved; definitely one of the staples that the Kinect user can’t go without.

The Just Dance series is another hit and again that’s because of the ability to have fun, share and get involved. Kinect deals particularly well with this due to its advanced full-body motion tracking, but it’s not too complex and strikes a » Continue Reading.

Nyko Release The Modular Power Station For Xbox One

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With a new console comes a whole host of new third party hardware to tempt us into cheaper controllers, charging stations or cooling systems. Nyko have jumped on the peripheral wagon and have released a rather funky looking docking system that bolts directly onto the left side of your Xbox One.

Taking design cues from the console itself, the ‘Modular Power Station’ is home to two battery packs that charge while the console is switched on. Two LED charge icons at the front of the docking station indicate the status of each battery while the compartment is easily accessed by ‘one touch’.

The Power Station is designed with marathon-session gamers in mind,” said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing at Nyko Technologies. “It allows players to hot-swap their controllers’ batteries without breaking momentum, so running out of power will never again force an undesired gaming break.

With less wires to contend with and a back up battery pack, is this something gamers would be interested in? Check out the image gallery and let us know what you think.

Dying Light: Intro Movie

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Techland has today unveiled their opening cinematic for their upcoming open-world action survival game; Dying Light. Last week they released the Story Trailer (embedded at the bottom of this story), but now we have a look into the events that set up the story line. Dying Light is based in the City of Harran, a remote ill fated city caught up in the middle of a mysterious outbreak and political tug-of-war between Harran’s Ministry of Defense and the Global Relief Effort. See more in this opening cinematic:

More about Dying Light: – Dying Light is an action survival game presented in first-person perspective. The game is set in a vast and dangerous open world. During the day, you roam an urban environment devastated by a mysterious epidemic, scavenging for supplies and crafting weapons to help you defeat the hordes of mindless, flesh-hungry enemies the plague has created. At night, the hunter becomes the prey as the infected grow in strength and aggression – but even more lethal are the nocturnal, inhuman predators that leave their hives to feed. You will need to make use of all your skills and any available means to survive till dawn.

Dying Light is coming to Xbox One in 2015 on January 27th in the Americas, January 28th in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and January 30th in Europe. Keep looking to ThisisXbox for more news and coverage in the build up to release.

The Banner Saga 2 Coming To Xbox One

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Independent game developers Stoic and indie publisher Versus Evil yesterday officially confirmed that The Banner Saga 2, the sequel to The Banner Saga, is coming to Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program in 2015.

The announcement comes after the official first reveal of The Banner Saga 2 at last Friday’s Game Awards held in Las Vegas. Trailer below:

There’s a seismic shift in the video game industry as consumers embrace the contributions and creations of independent game-makers such as Stoic, the incredibly passionate creators of The Banner Saga and The Banner Saga 2. We are very proud to be leading the way with The Banner Saga 2 announcement at what is traditionally a AAA game’s event. It’s a great time to be an ‘indie’ and we couldn’t be more proud to continue working with the Stoic team and our partners at Fearless Media who helped make this happen.

said Steve Escalante, general manager at Versus Evil.

For The Banner Saga 2, Stoic will continue the legacy and story of The Banner Saga. Featuring 2D animation and art, a tactical combat system and a cast of unforgettable characters, the original game earned several awards and nominations, including winner of the 2014 Geekie Awards for “Best Video Game”, finalist for “Excellence in Visual Arts” and two honourable mentions for “Excellence in Design” and “Excellence in Audio” at the 2014 Independent Game Festival.

The critical reception and widespread fan appreciation for The Banner Saga is overwhelming and humbling, and has the team at Stoic dedicated to delivering a fantastic sequel with The Banner Saga 2. Here we are announcing our next game, our way, on a world-wide stage. We have surrounded our development efforts with quality people like Austin Wintory, Malukah, Taylor » Continue Reading.