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  • Blog Post: Top 25 Xbox 360 Games

    Today is the Xbox 360's 10th birthday, which is a great excuse to revisit our list of the console's best 25 games. We originally published this list in earlier this year in April. Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 in 2005, kicking off the last generation of gaming. This was the most successful... More
  • Blog Post: Lara Croft’s Survival Instinct Nearly Breaks Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    A couple of days ago I overheard fellow editors Jeff Cork and Kimberley Wallace jokingly say they used Lara Croft’s “survival instinct” ability so much during Rise of the Tomb Raider that they thought they might break their Xbox One controllers. Survival instinct is Rise of the Tomb... More
  • Blog Post: Eight Spoiler-Free Rise Of The Tomb Raider Tips For Beginners

    Rise of the Tomb Raider hits store shelves today, finally giving Xbox One and Xbox 360 players the chance to dive into Lara's latest adventure in Siberia. You can read our review here . The good news is you can play the game however you want. You can power straight through the story or take your... More
  • Blog Post: The Status Of The Top 25 Most Requested Xbox One Backward Compatibility Games

    Earlier today, Microsoft announced the first 104 Xbox 360 games that will be part of the Xbox One backward compatibility program. While the list is filled with classics, there are some notable omissions that have fans buzzing. Players have been able to vote on titles they want to see as part of the program... More
  • Blog Post: Coming To Terms With Life Is Strange’s Finale

    Endings are tricky , and one of the hardest parts of any media to get right. Consumers often have expectations and want to feel like their time is well spent. Good endings leave you feeling like you got something out of the journey, but a bad one can overshadow the entire adventure. After all, the finale... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – How Guitar Hero Live’s Microtransactions Sour The Experience

    Music discovery is one of the main reasons I enjoy Guitar Hero and Rock Band. With Guitar Hero Live’s TV mode, FreeStyle Games and Activision implemented a system that requires you to earn on-demand song plays by playing on streaming channels. I was originally excited at the prospect of being forced... More
  • Blog Post: Move Over McFly – Video Games’ Alternate Future Visions Of 2015

    Back to the Future II 's vision of 2015 didn't quite pan out. With the exception of a Skype-like communication service that the McFly family uses within their homestead, most of the technology in the film is still very much science fiction. We don't have flying cars, hover boards, or pills... More
  • Blog Post: Here Are All Of The Multiplayer Specialists You’ll Be Playing As In Black Ops III

    Treyarch is shifting the formula for Call of Duty’s multiplayer component with Black Ops III. In addition to taking a further leap into the future with its setting and technology, as well as introducing swimming into the formula, players no longer take control of nameless soldiers. Instead, you... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – I Like The Kinect Because It Enables Me To Be Lazy

    It’s a controversial opinion to share, but it's one I can’t pretend about anymore – I like Kinect. I live in a house of interruptions thanks to my miniature human roommate, and as a result, the Kinect has become invaluable. It’s not its many advertised exercise functions and... More
  • Blog Post: Which Controller Is The Loudest? Sounding Off On Controller Noise

    Recently, while making my way through Infamous Second Son as the rest of my household was asleep, I could distinctly hear my controller echoing through the house. It wasn't from the speaker built into the controller I always forget is there that periodically emits noise to remind you of its existence... More
  • Blog Post: Debate – Does Batman: Arkham Knight's Batmobile Suck?

    This feature was originally published on July 4, 2015. Rocksteady’s latest, Batman: Arkham Knight, is a hit with fans of the DC superhero thanks to its authentic take on Gotham’s savior ( read our glowing review ). The developer has a history of nailing the look and feel of the city’s... More
  • Blog Post: How Avalanche Snuck A Lightsaber Into The First Disney Infinity

    When Disney bought Star Wars in late 2012, Avalanche had already been hard at work on the original Disney Infinity for some time, prepping it for its August 2013 release. It was too late to add a robust Star Wars playset or figures to the game at a worthwhile capacity, but Avalanche felt it couldn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Here Are The Original Scores For All Of Rare Replay's Games That We've Reviewed

    Rare Replay releases Tuesday, August 4, and it gathers 30 classic video games developed by Rare all onto one disc. Our full review of Rare Replay will post Monday, but in the meantime, you can read our original reviews for the games featured in the collection that we published reviews for. We don't... More
  • Blog Post: Editor Discussion – Why You Should Play Peace Walker Before Metal Gear Solid V

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is only about a month away, and it seems to be exploring new territory for Konami’s tactical stealth series. However, some fans may not realize that a lot of the mechanics in MGS V are iterations of concepts tested in Peace Walker. Originally released as a PSP... More
  • Blog Post: Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows Talks Band's Involvement With Guitar Hero Live

    Ever since "The Beast and the Harlot" challenged players in Guitar Hero II, fans of Avenged Sevenfold have requested more of the band to appear in the series. While Activision and Harmonix have given the Guitar Hero and Rock Band communities several tracks from Avenged Sevenfold's catalog... More
  • Blog Post: Five Shooters That Don't Rely On Bullets

    Splatoon launches this week, and it's a colorful take on a familiar genre. In the game, players paint the floor to gain points and attack other players in a shooter setting. It's a strange premise, but it's not the first in the genre to shy away from typical ammunition. Here are five games... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Now Is The Best Time To Get (Back) Into Destiny

    Since its launch in September of last year, Destiny has become one of the most polarizing experiences in gaming. Whether it’s due to the fact that the people who do love it do so passionately or unapologetically, or simply the fact that it wasn’t the type of shooter they thought it would... More
  • Blog Post: Fighting The Clone Wars: Ninja Theory's Take On Star Wars

    Combat in Disney Infinity and its follow-up, 2.0, was simple by design. The game is, after all, geared towards younger players and their families. Avalanche didn’t want to use that as a crutch for boring combat, however, so it sought out Ninja Theory, a studio with a history of combat-heavy action... More
  • Blog Post: Disney Infinity 3.0 Meets Mario Kart In The Speedway Toy Box

    The Toy Box game sets represent genre-specific alternate experiences for Disney Infinity. Past Toy Box games were built entirely using the in-game creation tools and included Thor’s Assault on Asgard and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Escape from the Kyln, which were tower-defense and dungeon... More
  • Blog Post: See A Dismantled Chewbacca And More In Our Disney Infinity 3.0 Photo Gallery

    When we post image galleries from the games we feature on our covers, it’s always screenshots. Disney Infinity 3.0 offered us the rare opportunity to take photos of physical objects. Below, and in the gallery you will find photos of nearly all of Disney Infinity 3.0 confirmed figures. There are... More
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