Posts Tagged ‘microsoft studios’

State Of Decay’s Remastered Year One Edition Released

By Alice O'Connor on April 28th, 2015.

I realise it’s somewhat pass√© to compare a game to Dark Souls but look, State of Decay [official site] really is reminding me of Dark Souls. No, no, this is nothing to do with difficulty or death or mystery or structure: it’s about revamp-o-rereleases.

Like Dark Souls II’s Scholar of the First Sin, State of Decay’s Year One Survival Edition is the base game and its DLC expanded and touched up a little for the new generation of consoles. Like SotFS, it comes to PC as a separate release rather than an upgrade. And like SotFS, it seems like a fine jumping-on point for new players but perhaps not worth buying again if you had the original.

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Age of Empires II Teases Upcoming Expansion, Camels

By Philippa Warr on April 9th, 2015.

I think the cactus is either a bouncer or he does tech support

“But how many camel archers should I put in a screenshot to make it look like they’re an audience for another camel archer who is giving a rousing speech?”

Microsoft Studios – in announcing a new expansion for strategy game Age of Empires II – suggest that perhaps the answer is five.

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Fable Legends Will Be Free-To-Play

By Alice O'Connor on February 27th, 2015.

Chill out.

Oh! We never said what Fable Legends [official site] even is. Microsoft announced a PC version during their big Windows 10 announce-o-rama in January, but it became just another bullet point in a huge newsblast. So. While your typical Fable game is a sprawling open-world, story-driven RPG, Fable Legends is a multiplayer dungeon-crawling action-RPG where up to 4 players can band together in co-op against forces controlled by a villainous player (or AI in any of these roles). And, it was announced yesterday, it’ll be free-to-play.

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Halo There! Spartan Strike Announced

By Alice O'Connor on October 17th, 2014.

I realise it's meant to be about the struggle of the common man, but I prefer Master Chef: The Professionals myself.

“Everywhere I’m looking now / I’m surrounded by your embrace,” sang Beyonc√©. “Baby, I can see your Halo / You know you’re my saving grace.” The idea that one can fix and understood another’s intent is of course absurd, but I still can’t help but feel she’s referring to love rather than Microsoft’s mega-franchise. Halo is flipping everywhere, though. It’s going to be on PC a bit more too, though not in any substantial way.

Microsoft yesterday announced Halo: Spartan Strike, a follow-up to twin-stick shooter Spartan Assault. It’s got more things to shoot, and more things to shoot them with.

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Princess Metroidononoke: Ori And The Blind Forest

By Alice O'Connor on June 11th, 2014.

Prepare to cry.

Do you struggle to form tears within your eyes and release them from your body to express sorrow, joy, or other related emotions? Good news! A video game may help you. Moon Studios’ Metroidvania-y platformer Ori and the Blind Forest “is going to be one of those games that might make you cry,” publishers Microsoft say, “we can feel that much already.” Big deal; people cry at the John Lewis Christmas advert. Join in the chant: no more tears! No more tears!

The game does look jolly nice though, with a little forest spirit leaping about verdant glades. As well as Metroid and Castlevania and all those, it’s looking to Princess Mononoke and perhaps Rayman Legends and My Neighbor Totoro as influences.

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By Zeus’ Beard! Age Of Mythology Revamp Coming In May

By Alice O'Connor on April 3rd, 2014.

Hadesraider

And yea, they did speak of times past when the Earth was more innocent. Gods and monsters moved among us, entire pantheons warred, and we were pleased. Yet today’s impetuous youth sneer “Yeah but it doesn’t even have ambient occlusion does it?” All right clever clogs, look here: following a little tease earlier this year, Microsoft has revealed the revamped Age of Mythology Extended Edition for release in early May.

Beyond obviously making Ensemble’s 2002 RTS play nicely with modern operating systems and monitors, it’s a bit shinied up with improved graphics and Steam gubbins.

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Drag Racing: LocoCycle

By Adam Smith on January 31st, 2014.

I looked at the legs of the guy in the suit and nothing makes sense anymore - he has the right leg of Mr Tumnus

There are times when the wait for a port can be more agonising for a PC enthusiast than it was for the passengers aboard Explorer of the Seas. And then there are the times when the wait is for the best. LocoCycle, from Splosion Man developers Twisted Pixel, looked like it might be a satisfyingly bizarre combat racing game. The story of an engineer being dragged behind an artificially intelligent motorbike (really), its live action sequences, starring the likes of Freddy Rodriguez and Tom Savini, looked as self aware as the titular vehicle. Reviews suggested otherwise, ranging from disappointment at the shoddy action to dismay at the quality of writing and humour. On February 14th, you can find out for yourself when the PC port arrives.

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