Author: Nathan

Xbox Games with Gold for July 2017

The Xbox Games with Gold lineup for July 2017 has been announced: Xbox One: Grow Up | July 1-31 Runbow | July 16 – August 15 Xbox 360 (Playable on Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility) Kane & Lynch 2 | July 1-15 LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean | July 16-31 What do you think of this lineup? Sound off in the comments...

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Xbox Game Pass to Launch June 1st

Today it was announced that Xbox Game Pass will be launching on June 1st, however Xbox Live Gold members have access to a free 14 day trial beginning today. Xbox Game Pass will launch with over 100 titles, including Backwards Compatible titles and Xbox Play Anywhere games. Xbox Game Pass does not require an Xbox Live Gold membership to use, but a Gold membership will be needed to take advantage of the multiplayer features inside of games. Titles can fluctuate each month, as games can be added or removed to keep it fresh. Games are downloaded to your Xbox...

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Nathan’s Take on Xbox Play Anywhere

Xbox Play Anywhere was announced at E3 2016, and was met with some criticism as well as some praise. The program entitles gamers that purchase specific digital games to access the game on both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One, allowing your achievements, progress and saves to travel back and forth between your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. Critics of this program say that this proves that Microsoft is distancing themselves from the console market, or that now there is no need to own an Xbox One since more titles (some exclusives) can be played it on PC....

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PSVG’s Top 25 Games for Xbox One

This list does not necessarily represent the best, highest reviewed or critically acclaimed games on the Xbox One, but the games that Donnie, Josh, Mo and Nathan have had the most fun with on the console. Compiled in May of 2017, this list may be revisited later, but for now here is the official PSVG Top 25 Games on Xbox One! 25. Quantum Break 24. Ori and the Blind Forest 23. Halo 5: Guardians 22. Injustice 2 21. Gears of War 4 20. Firewatch 19. Forza Horizon 2 18. Rare Replay 17. Grand Theft Auto V 16. Final Fantasy...

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This Week’s Xbox Gem (Week of May 17th, 2017)

This week’s Xbox Gem is the crazy sale happening over on Xbox Live, their Backward Compatibility Super Sale! There are 285 Back Compat titles that make up this sale, so in this article I will highlight a few great ones that you may have missed! Oh, and to take advantage of these sale prices, you don’t have to have Xbox Live Gold! Assassin’s Creed Rogue is on sale for $9.89. This made the list because it never got released on the current generation of consoles, so it could have easily been missed! Braid is on sale for $2.49! This...

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This Week’s Xbox Gem

The gem that rises above all others this week isn’t a stand alone game, but an expansion to one of the best games on the Xbox One and Windows 10!   For me, this release came out of left field, but I instantly fell in love with the idea of racing on Hot Wheels tracks, with crazy loops, fire jumps, and amazing new Hot Wheels cars! This is the latest expansion for Forza Horizon 3, and is included in the Expansion Pass. If you prefer to buy this DLC by itself, outside of the Expansion Pass, it costs $19.99....

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Review

Many times during the game, your character asks, “Why did you come to Andromeda?” That same question can be asked of the player of any game, “Why are you playing this game?” Mass Effect Andromeda is the fourth installment of the Mass Effect lineage, technically taking place a few hundred years after the events of Mass Effect 3, but the characters are unaware of anything past the beginning of Mass Effect 2, since that is about the time that they began their journey to Andromeda. In the course of the game, you get to see the new galaxy through...

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Nathan’s Top Five Star Wars Video Games

In honor of May the Fourth, the unofficial “Star Wars Day” for fans, I got to thinking about my favorite Star Wars games. Originally, when I envisioned writing this article, I thought it would be easy to put my top five games in a list and be done, but I soon realized that was not going to be the case. My first pass at a list of my personal favorite Star Wars games included eighteen titles, ranging from PC to console spanning decades. My second pass whittled it down to eleven, to eight on my third, until finally I...

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First Specifications Revealed for Project Scorpio

This morning, Digital Foundry and Eurogamer teamed up to bring us information on Microsoft’s upcoming “Project Scorpio.” Here are some quick specs from today’s announcement from Eurogamer: Project Scorpio Xbox One PS4 Pro CPU Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz Eight custom Jaguar cores clocked at 1.75GHz Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz GPU 40 customised compute units at 1172MHz 12 GCN compute units at 853MHz (Xbox One S: 914MHz) 36 improved GCN compute units at 911MHz Memory 12GB GDDR5 8GB DDR3/32MB ESRAM 8GB GDDR5 Memory Bandwidth 326GB/s DDR3: 68GB/s, ESRAM at max 204GB/s (Xbox One S: 219GB/s)...

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Noteworthy Xbox Digital Game Sales This Week (Ending 3/6)

There are a number of great titles on sale now on the Xbox Store, through March 6th. Here are some of my top picks! Forza Motorsport 5 (Racing Game of the Year Edition) $13.20 (67% off!)* Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition $10.00 (50% off!)* Battlefield 1 – Titanfall 2 Deluxe Bundle $49.50 (67% off!) Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition $13.20 (67% off!) Firewatch $10.00 (50% off!) INSIDE $13.39 (33% off!) Madden NFL 17 $19.80 (67% off!) Mirror’s Edge Catalyst $8.00 (60% off!) Overcooked $11.04 (35% off!) Oxenfree $10.00 (50% off!) Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 $8.00...

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Firewatch (Xbox One) Review

A note to the reader: I will be as vague as possible on story points in this review, as I do not wish to spoil this game’s story for you if you are trying to decide whether or not to play it. Firewatch is a game that defies convention, and in so doing shows the player that storytelling innovation is not a closed matter. Some might call Firewatch just a “walking simulator” or a first person exploration game, which is understandable if they commonly judge books by their covers. Within the frames of this game, however, you will find...

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Perfect Woman (Xbox One) Review

Perfect woman. When you hear that saying, different mental images likely come to mind. For some it’s a great mother, a successful business professional, or maybe even the woman in college that always knew what to say. I can say with a certainty that before I reviewed this game, I never associated the term with a video game! It’s a given these days that Microsoft has all but sent the Kinect off to an unceremonious end. When a Kinect game pops up, it obviously holds a bit of intrigue to me, as someone that still has a Kinect set up on my Xbox One S (yep, adapter and all). Perfect Woman relies solely on the Kinect, if you don’t have one plugged into your Xbox One, you can’t get past the title screen. There is no use for a controller at all in this game, unless you want to use the Xbox jewel to go home. The premise of Perfect Woman is relatively simple, you begin as a baby in your mother’s womb, then are instructed to contort your body to try to match a pose on the screen. How well you are able to match the pose gives you a score that changes the possibilities for the rest of the game. This concept is repeated as you reach more life stages. Each life stage offers you a choice...

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Gamers, Who Are We?

Gamers are notoriously perceived as introverts that don’t have a job, live in their parents basement, and have their mom bring them Cheetos when they run out. The common perception is that they waste time playing their games, and are often rebuked to do something more meaningful. While those perceptions could be true, they are by no means the rule when it comes the video game enthusiast community. Playing games is a hobby, an entertainment medium, and an unprecedented way to connect with others of similar tastes. When you go see a movie, you are generally in a room...

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A Quick Recap of Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV

Last night, Greg Miller and Tim Gettys hosted a reveal event of sorts for Final Fantasy XV, a game first announced a decade ago as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. I still remember watching the first trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII ten years ago, a buddy and I watched it many times, swooning about how cool the focal character looked, the style, the music… it had it all. In fact, it is one of the reasons I bought and kept a PS3! Fast forward to now, Square Enix is finally on the cusp of releasing the game! It has apparently grown in the time that it has been under development, so much so that it now will get it’s own proper enumerated entry to the Final Fantasy series. The main event lasted about ninety minutes, and boasted 14 “reveals” throughout. Here’s a rundown: Opening address by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series New Trailer for Final Fantasy XV A dive into the art for the new title A Behind the scenes look at creating the theme song “Stand By Me,” a rendition by Florence + The Machine New gameplay video Environment videos Announcement and trailer for “Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV” – A five part anime series that will all be released online for free before the release of the game. Part one became streamable immediately after the...

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Xbox Games with Gold for April 2016

The April Games with Gold titles have been announced for Xbox One and Xbox 360! Xbox One The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Game Series will be available  4/1-4/30 Sunset Overdrive will be available 4/16-5/15 Xbox 360 Dead Space will be available 4/1-4/15 Saints Row IV will be available 4/16-4/30   This is a great lineup! The Wolf Among Us was a great story that I look forward to playing through again on Xbox One. Sunset Overdrive is often appears on “Best Xbox One Games” lists, and I look forward to finally getting rid of the disk that I...

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Xbox Games with Gold for March 2016

***UPDATE*** Just as a reminder, starting today, March 16, you can now download Lords of the Fallen on Xbox One and Borderlands on Xbox 360! Original Article: The Xbox Games with Gold titles for March 2016 have been announced! Xbox One March 1-31 Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments March 16-April 15 Lords of the Fallen Xbox 360 March 1-15 Supreme Commander 2 March 16-31 Borderlands (Remember that Games With Gold Xbox 360 titles will play on Xbox One via Back Compat!) I’ve never played any of these games, so this will be a decent haul for me! I almost bought Sherlock Holmes:...

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Tom Clancy’s The Division Review

Officially announced at E3 in 2013, Tom Clancy’s The Division was an impressive looking game. It was announced as an exclusive to the new generation of consoles, and the first impressions wowed many in the gaming culture. Since it’s announcement, it was seemingly delayed for what felt like an eternity in this age of instant access to pretty much anything. It gestated for nearly three years before finally releasing March 8, 2016. This elongated development time, however, appears to have paid off. At the time this review is being written, 6 days after release, I have played 28 hours of the game, according to my Xbox One Smartglass app. That doesn’t even count the handful of hours I put into the closed and open beta for this game. As you may have read, I’m currently on a self imposed game buying hiatus, in an effort to play through some of the games I’ve collected and have not yet given much time to, if any. A friend of mine gave me this game as a gift, though, and I’m quite glad that this fellow Agent saw fit to have me activated! I don’t think that the experience I’ve had would have been the same in November, months after the release of the game. This is very much a game for friends to play, as you can play with up to...

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Unravel Preview

As part of EA Access, new EA games are able to be played five days before release. Since Unravel is in EA’s portfolio, it is part of this program. As such, you can now access a ten hour trial of Unravel, which contains the first two levels. Here are some quick impressions: Unravel is beautiful. It is simple, and elegant. The gameplay is smooth, and the game tells you just enough to help you understand the mechanics of the game. The puzzles are smartly designed, and did not feel too hard or too easy –  literally just right for me. You play as a creature made of yarn, which you must use to solve the puzzles you meet. Whether you have to do some fancy swinging, bridge building, or clever lifting, the game trusts you to understand how to figure them out. You have to watch out for water and crabs in the first two levels, which pose a threat to you. If you are caught by one of these hazards, you will be taken back to your most recent save point, which seemed to be evenly placed. The music is relaxing, and the tone of the game is warm and inviting. I’m eager to see how the full game is received, and how difficult the puzzles get as you progress. I’m also intrigued by the story that is...

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Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)

A disclaimer right off the top: I’m a pretty big Star Wars fan. Star Wars has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember- even before gaming! I’ve grown up playing Star Wars games, full of amazing experiences, like Knights of the Old Republic; and not-so-amazing experiences, like Demolition. When Disney bought LucasFilm, not only did they acquire a massive film franchise, they also got the gaming side, toys, and everything else! Gamers were uncertain what this acquisition could mean. Off the bat, they canceled the really appealing 1313 title, a game we would later come to find out would be a coming of age tale of Boba Fett. Not long after, however, they announced a partnership with Electronic Arts…. Here we are now, in a new era of Star Wars! The partnership between Disney and EA has brought us Star Wars: Battlefront, from DICE, the makers of the impressive Battlefield franchise. I’ve spent a hefty amount of time playing Battlefront across Xbox One, PS4 & PC, in fact, I’ve hit the current level cap of 50 on the Xbox One side. I even bought the Star Wars: Battlefront Limited Edition PS4! The first thing you notice when you grab Battlefront is the lack of a single player campaign. As a fan of the franchise, I would have loved to have even a 6-hour...

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I’m not buying any new games for a while. Care to know why?

The gaming scene has never been as bright as it is today. There are so many amazing games to play – no matter where you prefer to play them! Last year, you could have run from the Wild Hunt in a fantasy land, emerged from your vault after a nuclear Fallout, or even proved you had what it took to be the Knight that Gotham needed. Yes, 2015 was a stellar year of game releases with the PS4 and Xbox One consoles coming into their own, and games being able to take greater advantage of the power afforded them...

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