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  • Blog Post: Is NBA 2K16 One Of The Top 50 Games Of 2015?

    After years of great promise and stellar action hamstrung by poor servers, 2015 is the year the NBA 2K series finally rounded out its game. The amount of content available in this title is staggering. Hoops fans can play one-off games online, build a dynasty in MyGM, play an online league in MyLeague... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Just Tell Me What To Do

    After playing through Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in its entirety and more or less jumping right into Fallout 4, I have found that – for the moment – I am burned out on open-world games. It really set in as I made my way into Fallout 4. I did the first few opening missions, found... 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: An Incredibly Stupid Way To Beat Star Wars: Battlefront's Survival Mode On Endor

    Being a topnotch FPS player doesn't just require catlike reflexes and perfect aim – you also need to be an expert strategist and tactical planner. That, or you can hide in a log like a pair of idiots. Battlefront's co-op survival mode pits you and a friend against 15 waves of increasingly... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Long Game: Inside Quantum Break's Challenging Development

    We've shared our hands-on impressions of Quantum Break's gameplay , but now we want to reverse time a bit and talk about how the game came to be. While visiting Remedy Entertainment's studio in Espoo, Finland for our December cover story , we spoke with the team about how Quantum Break evolved... More
  • Blog Post: The New Xbox One Experience: Rebuilding For A New Reality

    When the Xbox One launched two years ago, it brought with it a set of expectations that didn’t align with a loyal consumer base. Since then, Microsoft has made enormous strides rebuilding customer trust and listening to fans about feature improvements. The New Xbox One Experience (NXOE) arrives... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Exploring 30 Hours Into Fallout 4

    Like every modern Bethesda game, Fallout 4 has no shortage of loot to discover, quests to undertake, and people to meet. You've already seen the start of the game in our three-hour livestream , read our tips for starting out , and learned how to get your settlements off the ground . Now it's... 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: Fallout 4 Perks Guide For Six Play Styles

    When you first look at the Fallout 4 perk chart, it can feel overwhelming. Where should you start when building a character? To help new players get the most of out of their level progression, we have a list of perk recommendations for several common play styles. The primary skill allocation breakdown... More
  • Blog Post: 25 Fallout 4 Tips To Help You Conquer The Commonwealth

    Hello, fellow Vault dweller! Whether you have already toured through the remnants of Capital Wasteland and the New California Republic or you’re a greenhorn venturing into the irradiated ruins for the first time, these tips will boost your chances for survival and even give you a leg up on the... 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: The Strange Case Of Halo 5’s Villain

    Halo 5: Guardians introduces a new villain, and positions that character as an even more potent threat for the inevitable Halo 6. Andrew Reiner and I sat down to discuss the implications of the surprising plot direction, which has effects that reach beyond even the game world of Halo, and affect Microsoft’s... 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: Is The Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller Worth Its Premium Price? We Weigh In

    The Xbox One controller is praised for its form and function, and is more than capable of handling the wear of the average gamer. But with the rise of competitive gaming, some now demand more from their controllers, causing the majority of pros to play on pricey custom controllers molded to their specific... 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: Submit Your Questions For Our Mafia III Podcast

    Our month of Mafia III coverage is coming to a close next week, and now that we're almost done sharing all the details we gathered from our trip to developer Hangar 13 in Novato, Calif., we want to open up the floor to our readers. Do you have a question about the combat, narrative, setting, inspiration... More
  • Blog Post: Crescent City Criminals: Why Setting Mafia III In New Orleans Makes Sense

    When you think about mob tales, New Orleans is far from the first city that comes to mind. The five families of New York City, prohibition gangland of Chicago, and glitz and glamour of Las Vegas are the most iconic settings for criminal underworlds in America, but when researching potential locations... 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: Better Late Than Never: Five Popular PC Games Available For Console

    The PC and console gaming communities aren’t as far apart as they once were. While there are some experiences you can only get on one platform or the other, this year we’ve seen many talked-about PC games migrate over to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This list highlights five titles that got... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Halo 5: Guardians

    Wade Wojcik and I are both big Halo enthusiasts, and between the two of us, we probably know a little bit too much about the Halo lore than is entirely healthy. As such, we were both pretty excited to dive in to our recently arrived copy of Halo 5: Guardians. While multiplayer remains under wraps for... More
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