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Cuphead trailer introduces new platforming levels
3 years ago

Cuphead trailer introduces new platforming levels

A new Cuphead trailer was released in time for this year’s E3 media briefing and the new gameplay shows that some new platforming levels have now been introduced to the …
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Long-awaited ID@Xbox games coming this year
3 years ago

Long-awaited ID@Xbox games coming this year

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Earlier this week, ID@Xbox Director Chris Charla wrote a post on Xbox Wire updating everyone on the state of ID@Xbox. He outlined a lot of new things on the horizon, including a transition towards cross-network …
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The 25 biggest Xbox games of 2016
3 years ago

The 25 biggest Xbox games of 2016

Another year has come and gone, and with 2015 now firmly in the rearview, it’s time to look forward to the biggest Xbox One game releases of 2016. Well, the …
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Cuphead preview: Like a boss
4 years ago

Cuphead preview: Like a boss

In video games, boss fights usually come at the end of levels, acts, chapters, etc. You work your way through a series of smaller challenges, baddies or puzzles to earn the right to face off against a boss and, should you emerge victorious, move on to the next section of the game. That was the custom established decades ago, and it’s largely stuck ever since.

Not so in Cuphead, StudioMDHR’s debut old-time cartoons-inspired shooter. Cuphead has an overworld that you can wander around in and select where to go next, but your what you’re selecting from are boss fights, not levels. Yesterday at E3 XBLA Fans went hands-on with one of those boss fights — and died. Repeatedly. But damn if doing so wasn’t fun.

After selecting what looked like a rocking little music hall on the overworld, I was thrown into a boss fight with a pair of giant frogs with another random player at my side. Hurting the frogs was easy enough: keep holding down the shooting button and take aim at the one frog or the other. The overgrown amphibians soak up tons of fire coming from your characters’ index finger and thumb as they form the shape of a gun and spew forth a barrage of pew, pew, pews.

The bosses, of course, don’t just take this abuse laying down. One shoots ice balls at differing heights, requiring you to alternate between leaping over them and going prone to duck them, while the other spits out flaming bees that you can shoot out of the air. Once you inflict enough damage during this stage of the fight, one of the frogs rolls toward you before going into a new pattern.

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Cuphead releasing in 2016
4 years ago

Cuphead releasing in 2016

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StudioMDHR’s Cuphead is coming to Xbox One in 2016, the developer announced today at Microsoft’s pre-E3 press conference. The game, a run-and-gun platformer centered on one-on-one fights, features 1930s-inspired …
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Take a look at these early Cuphead sketches
4 years ago

Take a look at these early Cuphead sketches

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StudioMDHR’s Cuphead grabbed a lot of headlines when it was teased as part of Microsoft’s ID@Xbox program during a montage video shown at E3 2014. Since then, however, news …
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Get to know the ID@Xbox games of E3 2014: Part I
5 years ago

Get to know the ID@Xbox games of E3 2014: Part I

Xbox E3 Media Briefing

At Microsoft’s E3 press conference on Monday morning, there was a video montage of a lot of games that are coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program. Over the next few days, XBLA Fans is bringing you a slightly longer glimpse of those titles than what the montage trailer allowed for. Our coverage of these titles will be in alphabetical order. Below is a look at the first seven of those games.


Another World 20th Anniversary Edition

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Previously known in the United States as Out of This World, Another World might recall the original Prince of Persia — both titles were animated in similar fashion, using rotoscoping to create more precise animations than were previously possible in the early 1990s. This 20th Anniversary Edition, developed by The Digital Lounge, looks to be more historical preservation than remaster, which shouldn’t stop modern gamers from getting a taste of the old world by looking at this forgotten gem.

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