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  • Blog Post: Rare Releases Making Of Video For Perfect Dark

    As part of their Rare Revealed series, Rare has released a Making Of video for the classic first-person shooter Perfect Dark. The video is just shy of being 15 minutes long but covers a lot of ground, including how the game's concept came to be and an interview with the voice of Joanna Dark herself... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 7/3/2015

    While a lot of us are having to swap to our handhelds while we enjoy the 4th of July with family, both Batman and The Witcher 3 still seem to be our weekend favorites. Are you spending your weekend at a lake with patriotic explosives or are you celebrating America's birthday by defending Gotham City... More
  • Blog Post: Illustrator Creates Pokémon Movie Posters To Celebrate X & Y

    This stunning Pokémon art is the work of Marinko Milosevski, whose many talents include creating stunning video game movie posters. We’ve featured Milosevski’s Star Fox poster and Pokémon prints in the past. His latest posters commemorate the recent release of Pokémon... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Promises 'Historic' Franchise Reappearance From Rare At E3

    Today's Xbox One presentation was light on games, but it sounds like Microsoft has surprises up its sleeves for E3. Speaking with Polygon , Microsoft's Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer confirmed that one of Rare's established franchises will be making an appearance at E3 this... More
  • Blog Post: Banjo-Kazooie Composer Creating Music For Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD

    Grant Kirkhope, best known for his work on Rare titles like Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Goldeneye, is creating the music for the upcoming Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD remake . Apparently he's pretty far along, too. Yesterday Kirkhope tweeted that he was finishing his final piece... More
  • Blog Post: Update: Complete List Of Avatar Awards

    The list has been updated with new Avatar Awards for Halo 4, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Darksiders II, and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. If you'd rather spend your hard-earned cash on games rather than clothing for your Xbox 360 Avatar, yet still like the idea of dressing him or her in video game... More
  • Blog Post: Joanna Dark, Baird Get Minecraft 360 Skins

    A slew of new Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition skin packs are slated to hit the Xbox Live Marketplace and there might just be a few familiar faces. There are 45 new skins on the way for the popular Mojang title. Some of them will be from other games. Agent Level 5 from Crackdown 2, Joanna Dark of Perfect... More
  • Blog Post: The Essential Xbox Live Arcade List

    PlayStation 3, Wii, iOS, and multiplatform downloadable games have had their shot. Today is all about the Xbox 360. This week, we've outlined some of the best games across the life of the major console download services. With an eye towards including the important early games on the service as well... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10: Spiritual  Successors

    Some games series die before their time, but that doesn't always mean the end. Occasionally, fate takes a turn and resurrects yesteryear's gaming glory. Here are ten of the best unofficial sequels in gaming history. This list originally appeared in issue 228 of Game Informer Magazine. BioShock... More
  • Blog Post: Eurogamer Details The Troubled Marriage Of Microsoft And Rare

    In a new article, writer Simon Parkin examines the history of Microsoft's acquisition of Rare, and ponders the decline of the studio. It's a well-researched article, entitled "Who Killed Rare?" It's peppered with quotes from insiders like former Rare programmer Martin Hollis, who... More
  • Blog Post: Canceled Perfect Dark Sequel Revealed In Prototype Footage

    While the original Perfect Dark for Nintendo 64 is regarded as a classic and a worthy successor to Goldeneye 007, its sequel for Xbox 360 didn't earn the same praise. Perhaps that's why Rare's planned sequel, titled Perfect Dark Core, never saw the light of day. This sequel would have placed... More
  • Blog Post: Crackdown 2's Agent Surfaces In Perfect Dark

    Crackdown 2 hits store shelves next week, and gamers who buy it will get a nice little bonus – assuming they've also bought Perfect Dark on Xbox Live Arcade. As a hidden easter egg, an agent from Crackdown will automatically become a playable character in Perfect Dark's multiplayer mode... More
  • Blog Post: XBLA Block Party Deemed A Success

    XBLA downloads saw a surprising jump in sales last month – credited to the successful promotion of the service’s Block Party. In a report just released by the Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment group ( FADE ), sales grew 41% in March when compared to the same time last year.... More
  • Blog Post: XBLA Block Party Games Priced And Dated

    If you’ve enjoyed Microsoft’s last two Summers of Arcade, then you’re probably excited for their upcoming Block Party. Want to know how much the HD overhaul of Perfect Dark is going to run you and when it’s coming out? Read on. March 3: Toy Soldiers (1200 MS points) March 10:... More
  • Blog Post: New Perfect Dark XBLA Trailer and Screens

    Are you psyched for the XBLA remake of Perfect Dark? If so this new trailer should bring back fond memories. Not only have the graphics gotten an HD overhaul, but now the game runs at 60 frames per second, which if I’m remembering the original correctly, is probably about 55 frames per second faster... More
  • Blog Post: Hands-On Impressions Of Perfect Dark XBLA

    Fans of the Nintendo 64 classic Goldeneye have been clamoring for an Xbox Live Arcade re-release for years, but legal issues have prevented it from becoming a reality. Thankfully, the licensing issues that plagued a 007 revival don’t apply to its spiritual followup Perfect Dark. At the X10 conference... More
  • Blog Post: XBLA Block Party In March Includes Perfect Dark, Game Room

    Microsoft has made a yearly tradition of pushing major Xbox Live Arcade releases over the course of a month that they call "The Summer of Arcade." Now it sounds like they're hoping to start a whole new monthly tradition with March's Xbox Live Arcade Block Party. Microsoft has announced... More
  • Blog Post: Expect More Rare Remakes After Perfect Dark

    Fans of GoldenEye and Banjo Kazooie creator, Rare, have something to look forward to. There is more coming from the company in terms of Xbox Live Arcade games after Perfect Dark hits. Rare told CVG that there are “no shortage of possibilities” for classic games to remake for XBLA after Perfect... More
  • Blog Post: New Perfect Dark Screens, Release Date Confirmed…Sort Of

    Rare is giving its fans an early Christmas present in the form of some new screens of the XBLA remake of Perfect Dark. As you can see, the game has gotten a considerable graphic overhaul compared to the original, which is cause for celebration in and of itself. Even better? Rare told us when to expect... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Looks To Innovate FPS With Natal

    Perfect Dark was far from perfect, but that's not stopping U.K. developer Rare (creator of the legendary GoldenEye) from trying to take another stab at the first-person shooter genre. In an interview with MCV regarding the genre, Rare studio head Mark Betteridge put forth the developer's intention... More
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