Word is getting out (via Ars Technica) that Microsoft is not including a headset with their Xbox One console. Now before you scream ‘rip-off!’, think about it for just a moment. Think about all those Xbox headsets you’ve owned, used and more importantly, not used.
When I say that Hotline Miami just barely missed out on being my favorite game of the year last year, I mean just barely. The extremely violent and ultimately cathartic combat puzzler struck a deep cord with me and aside from a buggy PC release and a plot that didn’t quite go down the rabbit hole deep enough (as odd as that is to say), it’s easily one of the most unique games I’ve ever played. With gameplay footage of its sequel finally finding itself on the web, I wonder if it can reach the same heights – or exceed – its predecessor.
I stood by Microsoft and the Xbox One’s “always-on” calls that enabled a wonderful futuristic tomorrowland. I did it even when I was being shouted down for it. I did it even when Microsoft was doing their best to make the customer seem like the enemy. One thing I won’t stand for though is Don Mattrick, the well-dressed man with the ragged hair that only speaks in PR-code and only appears when a press conference is nigh. I’ve chided him for his aloofness on this site and I believe he represents everything that Microsoft shouldn’t be. As the President of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business overseeing the Xbox and all of the entertainment associated therein, he’s fully responsible for what’s going on and it seems that no one will hold him accountable, but there’s definitely some action required.
GameSpot UK is reporting that 343 Industries’ post-Bungie Halo trilogy – or Reclaimer story – is no longer confined to just Halo 4, 5 and 6, but tons of games beyond that. This explains a lot regarding why their tease during the Microsoft conference was number- and subtitle-less. But what does it really mean? Let’s dig in a little deeper.
Throughout the years, Minecraft has continued to evolve from a simple mine, build, mine, build, mine, get bored, quit game to a fully featured and bountiful game of build-y goodness. This is especially with the advent of a number of mods that are available to expand the capabilities of the game and give out all sorts of other stuff we can do. One of those things is the ability to do magic and build all kinds of magical devices. If that’s what you’re interested in, read on!
Squadron 42/Star Citizen is almost certainly the most anticipated release of all time in the space sim category. Chris Roberts (Wing Commander, now with Cloud Imperium Games) is almost certainly the best known and most skilled creator of space games in the history of space games. This year at E3, I had the opportunity to sit down with him and have a talk about the upcoming title and the future of the most massive video game undertaking he’s ever attempted. There’s lots of great stuff here about Star Citizen so check out the video!
(Yes, it’s confirmed, check the update below.) If word from Giant Bomb’s ever-reliable Patrick Klepek is to be believed, then Microsoft is ready to ditch the DRM tentpole of their Xbox One strategy that’s received such an epic backlash over the past week. My question then is whether this will mitigate the Xbox One’s long tail, as I defended on our conferences podcast, in trying to become a robust digital retailer like Steam.
Reports are coming in pointing to an issue related with the newest firmware update for the PS3. The update in question is 4.45 and is widest reported amongst users that have upgraded their hard drives or users that have the 500GB version. People reporting the issues on Sony’s PlayStation Community site explain that the PS3 is stuck in at the startup screen and power cycling the console isn’t doing anything. Read the rest of this article…
GOG is just like Steam, but based out of Eastern Europe and DRM-free, meaning you can buy games, retain the game files and move them between as many computers as you’d like. When a big sale come down the pipe like the 2013 #NoDRM special they got going on right now, you best be paying attention, even if you never ever play those games! Here’s a Top 10 you should be grabbing immediately!
In years past, E3 was usually a show where I focused on the big dogs: the Microsofts, the Sonys, the Activisions, but with the rise of crowdfunding and my growing distaste for the gaming zeitgeist’s lack of innovation, I made sure to spend plenty of time with the indie developers of this year’s show. Of course, the small-timers and oddities of E3 used to take up an entire hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center (Remember Kentia!) but are now a Battlestar Galactica-esque convoy of dreams and wishes. That didn’t deter me, though! Here are just a few of my favorites.