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Mike "CapnMikeM" Mahoney is a contributor to XBLAFans, Staff Writer at 2old2play, and Editor-in-Chief/Podcast Host at GamersInBeta.com. Mike can be reached via twitter at: @CapnMikeM or Google Plus.
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The Xbox games of 2014: Part III
5 years ago

The Xbox games of 2014: Part III

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We’re late, and it seems that’s become somewhat of a trend for us lately. Our Game of the Year awards weren’t doled out until January, and now our look forward at the XBLA and Xbox One XBLA-type games of 2014 is just making its way to you in February. You were on your own when it came to planning out January’s releases, but now it’s time for our annual look ahead at the top downloadable games likely to arrive on an Xbox platform during the (remainder of) the year ahead. Read on to find out what you can expect out of Xbox over the next (not quite) 365.


Minecraft: Xbox One Edition


Developer: 4J Studios, Mojang and Microsoft Studios

As was announced at Microsoft’s E3 2013 presentation, 4J Studios will be bringing its open-world block-building game to the Xbox One. The 360 edition of Minecraft was a huge success and 4J is looking to build off of that success by bringing a “bigger” world to players. The Xbox One edition promises to deliver on the power of next-gen gaming by giving players more of what they want. Maps, Adventures, multiplayer features and console specific enhancements will all be improved and larger in scale on the Xbox One than they were on the Xbox 360. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will be released sometime in the month of March of 2014.

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The Walking Dead’s next episode is ‘just around the corner’
5 years ago

The Walking Dead’s next episode is ‘just around the corner’

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Earlier this week, Telltale Games took to Twitter to let its legions of fans know that the second episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two is ‘just around the …
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Warface beta has begun
5 years ago

Warface beta has begun

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On Wednesday of this week, Major Nelson announced on his blog that Crytek was about to launch its Warface beta. For some Xbox 360 users, beta invites have already …
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Xbox One was bestselling home console in US in December

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Today is the two month anniversary of the Xbox One console release and if you’re Microsoft you have to be quite pleased with the early returns. The NPD Group data …
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Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood releasing on Xbox One tomorrow
6 years ago

Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood releasing on Xbox One tomorrow

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Complaining that there are not enough games on your Xbox One? Well, last week brought you Peggle 2 and tomorrow brings you Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood.

A …
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Required Xbox One system update arrives tonight

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Later tonight at 8pm ET, Microsoft will release a system update for the Xbox One. This is the first required update post launch of the Xbox One.

According …
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State of Decay DLC coming November 29

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Shortly after the hysteria of the Xbox One launch resides, developer Undead Labs will give zombie survival fans a reason to go back and fire up their “old, antiquated” Xbox 360s.

Next week on, November 29, the first DLC for State of Decay, entitled The Breakdown, will be released at the cost of $6.99. The expansion, which is largely based on gamers’ feedback, is said to be “less story, more survival.” Based off of the trailer, The Breakdown DLC will contain infinite play, increased difficulty, new playable heroes, new weapons and new challenges.

Also, on the same day, title update four for State of Decay will be released. The update consists of “bug fixes and goodies like the new loot distribution system.”

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Best of the rest: NFL Blitz

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Last week, XBLAFans ran down the 25 best XBLA games to be released on the Xbox 360. This week, some of the games that didn’t make the cut get …
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Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death review (XBLA)
6 years ago

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death review (XBLA)

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death was developed by Zootfly and published by 505 Games. It was released on September 20, 2013 for $14.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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With the end of the current console cycle staring many gamers in the face, some have moved their attention to either the new consoles or the handful of the triple-A titles still coming out on the 360. If that is the case, fans of the action-adventure genre are missing out on a sleeper Xbox Live Arcade title called Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death.

The developer, Zootfly, worked on Marlow Briggs for quite some time. First they had an agreement to release the game with 505 Games, but financial issues prevented that from happening. Microsoft briefly expressed interest in releasing the title but changed its focus to the Xbox One. Having secured more money, 505 Games came back into the picture and was eventually able to assist Zootfly with the release of the game. However, as of this writing, Zootfly has left the video game industry and switched its focus to casino gaming under the new name IBzoot, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Interblock. But be thankful that before Zootfly left the industry, it was able to leave gamers with Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death. It is a better than average action-adventure title that provides quite a punch for such a small price tag.

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Dustforce releasing in January

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Capcom has announced that its 2D “sweep-’em up” title, Dustforce, will be headed to the Xbox 360 this coming January. Developed by Hitbox Team, Dustforce is a platformer in …
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