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About Sam Saunders

Sam is a student at the University of Oregon studying, who hopes to one day involve video games in his career. His first game was Super Mario World on the SNES, and is tied with pizza pockets/calzones on his list of best things ever. Follow him on twitter @salmonsaunders
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Deal of the Week November 14 – November 20

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This week’s Deal of Week seems to have a board game/puzzle theme, letting gold subscribers grab these great puzzlers for half off.

Carcassonne – 400 MSP Catan – 400 …
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Magic: the Gathering Duels of the Plainswalkers receives DLC today

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Magic: the Gathering Duels of the Plainswalkers receives two new decks today for 240 MSP. The first deck is a white and red deck called “Act of War.” The …
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Minecraft Halloween skin DLC raises over $500,000 for charity

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The Halloween skin pack DLC for Minecraft released on October 26th to great success, making over $500,000 in less than two weeks. All proceeds went …
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Spartacus Legends to be free to play

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Ubisoft announced that developer Kung Fu Factory’s upcoming XBLA game Spartacus Legends will be free to play. This marks the first third party game to be released …
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Ubisoft bundle coming to retail in the UK
7 years ago

Ubisoft bundle coming to retail in the UK

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XBLA games Outland, From Dust, and Beyond Good & Evil HD will be released on store shelves in the UK as a bundle.

The …
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Avatar Motocross Madness officially announced
8 years ago

Avatar Motocross Madness officially announced

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Microsoft announced new XBLA title Avatar Motocross Madness in a press release, stating that players would be able to “Engage in intense MX racing, exploration and …
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Dogfight 1942 to be released this year on XBLA, PSN, and Steam
8 years ago

Dogfight 1942 to be released this year on XBLA, PSN, and Steam

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Developer City Interactive announced Dogfight 1942, a combat flight simulator to be released later this year on XBLA, PSN, and Steam. The game was originally intended to …
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Shank 2 review (XBLA)
8 years ago

Shank 2 review (XBLA)

Shank 2 was developed by Klei Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It was released February 8, 2012 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.

In 2010, the original Shank was released under a curious industry eye. Side scrolling brawlers are a well-worn genre, but for some reason Klei Entertainment had piqued the interest of the XBLA community. Shank was fairly well received, but stumbled in areas where it counts most, mainly in gameplay. The aptly named main character, Shank, traverses shipyards, jungles, and ancient ruins in search of his enemies, in hopes that killing them will ensure the safety of the people that are important to him. He slices, dices, and shreds enemies to bits with many different types of weapons and kills them in the goriest of ways possible. It seems Klei has upped the ante with this sequel, but does it deliver?
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XBLA brings in record revenue in 2011

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Xbox Live Arcade brought in $144 million in 2011, making it the best year for the service yet. Leading the charts in 2011 were Castle Crashers and From Dust, as they grossed around $4.6 million each, and were both among the best selling XBLA games of the year. For the full list of best selling XBLA games of 2011 read the full article.  Read More

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 rated by ESRB
8 years ago

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 rated by ESRB

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 has been rated by the ESRB, receiving an “E for everyone” rating. This could mean that a release is imminent, and at the …
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