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The award-winning indie hit This War of Mine is coming to Xbox One on January 29, 2016. Instead of a soldier answering the call of duty, This War of Mine places you as a civilian trying to survive the chaos of war. You will need to scrounge for food, forge relationships and build your hideout to save as many people as possible. You can see how it plays in the trailer below:
We at XBLA Fans are incredibly excited about the state of indie games on the Xbox One moving forward into 2015. In the next two weeks you’ll see an article from us highlighting some of the fantastic games we are anticipating. In the meantime, though, we highly suggest looking at some of the great games that released in 2014. We posted our Game of the Year awards yesterday. In honor of those games, we have a week full of streaming for you over on our Twitch channel. Make sure to give us a follow (or subscribe if you are feeling super generous).
It’s January, which means it’s time for XBLA Fans to take a look back at the best and brightest games of the last year.
2014 was a transitional year for the Xbox brand. It was Xbox One’s first full year on the market, and it bore witness to Microsoft going all-in on its complete reversal of the console’s strategy and public image. Redmond distanced its next-gen console from being some sort of multimedia wonderbox as much as possible and did its best to focus on the games. Despite a litany of exciting ID@Xbox game announcements, the program got off to a bit of a slow start, though. Ports and re-releases dominated much of 2014’s ID@Xbox release calendar, and last-gen Xbox Live Arcade releases on Xbox 360 were used to buoy Microsoft’s greater indie library.
If you paid as much attention to ID@Xbox as as XBLA Fans did, though, then you know there were some standout stars even if there was not a terribly high quantity of them. We’ve played the games and cast our votes, and how we present you with our 2014 Game of the Year awards. Don’t like our picks? Fair enough. Head to the comments and make your case for why yours are better.
Just this last Saturday, December 5, 2014, saw the first ever The Game Awards 2014 air on TV, as well as streamed online. In the announcement press release for The Game Awards 2014 20+ year industry veteran Geoff Keighley writes, ”
“Today I’m proud to announce The Game Awards 2014, a new show that will be coming on December 5. After spending over two decades working in games media, this year I’m creating a new independent celebration for our industry.“
While there were many various winner’s over all consoles and handhelds, as well as PC, there was one winner that stands out for XBLA Fans. Valiant Hearts: The Great War brought home two awards, to game developer Ubisoft Montpellier, from the inaugural The Game Awards 2014.