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E3 Xbox Conference Major Highlights

From the Xbox E3 2016 Conference

Xbox: New features and updates

With the release of new games, Xbox is now offering Xbox Play Anywhere, a cross play feature between Xbox and Windows 10; buy the game once and you will have it for both systems starting October 11, 2016.

Xbox One is working to improve backward compatibility and cross play.  Some changes they are bringing is background music (to listen to your own music while you play), the ability to choose your preferred language no matter which region you reside, Cortana, and Xbox live on all devices (iOS, Android, Xbox, Windows).  More new features will include: Clubs for Xbox communities which make it easier to find other players; Groups which will be like a “want ad” for multiplayer; and Arena as the new competitive gaming platform where players can register and compete in tournaments.

In addition, some awesome hardware options Xbox is offering is, of course, the new Xbox One S, a Gears of War 4: Elite Wireless Controller Exclusive Design, and the ability to order customized controllers.

Games Coming Soon to Xbox One:

Killer Instincts: With the Gears of War 4 release announcement, KI is adding General Raam to the roster.  You can try him for free this week.

Forza Horizon 3: Forza takes you to Australia with open world racing courses, new terrains, gameplay, challenges, and new vehicles. Forza offers a 4 player campaign where you can instantly join co-op modes online. It will be the most social Forza ever. Another exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10, Forza Horizon 3 will be available September 27th, 2016

Final Fantasy XV: Square Enix showed the awesome gameplay of Final Fantasy  XV on Xbox One. The graphics look amazing and the game promises a fast and fluid battle system.  Final Fantasy XV will be available September 30, 2016.

Battlefield 1: Battlefield 1 takes you back to the epic warfare of  WWI.  The game features excellent gameplay, immersion, strategy, and team play on a dynamic battlefield. You can play with 4-6 players or single player using a variety of new weapons and vehicles.  Battlefield 1 will be available October 21, 2016.  However, if you have EA access or Xbox Live you can play it first October 13, 2016.

Minecraft:The new Friendly update is now offering cross play for iOS, Android, Xbox Live, Windows, and VR devices. The Friendly update  allows you to connect with your friends and other players on all platforms to bring into your Minecraft realm. Texture packs and add-ons are also coming this fall which will allow you to modify characters and blocks. Xbox live members can try Minecraft Realms for free.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game: Offers cross play across different platforms, a full blown multiplayer experience, as well as a single player campaign.  Go to playgwent.com to register for the exclusive beta.  We can see the game released September 2016

Inside, (June 29th): To celebrate launch Limbo will be free to all Xbox Live players starting today.

Tekken 7: Aside from the competitive mode, Tekken 7 will have an epic story mode with seamless transitions to cinematic scenes.  Xbox Live Gold members will receive a free copy of Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Sea of Thieves: Embark on adventures with your friends, explore worlds, find treasures, and face off against creatures. 
Halo Wars 2: Continuing the adventures of the Spirit of Fire.  In Halo Wars 2, your crew will wake up in the alien construct known as the Arc.  You will be fighting a new faction called “The Banished”. Halo Wars 2 will be available February 21, 2017.  A week long beta, however, is available on Xbox One now (June 13-20).


We also got a sneak peak at: Gears of War 4, The Division Underground expansion, Recore, Deadrising 4 (holiday 2016), Scalebound, State of Decay 2,

Independent games: Cuphead, Outlast II, Deliver us the Moon, Flint Hook, FAR, Slime Rancher, Shadow Tactics, Figment, The Culling, For the King, Beacon, Stardew Valley, Hand of Fate 2, Below, Raiders, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Yooka Laylee, Everspace, We Happy Few (Available on Xbox game preview),




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UNDED’s Game of the Year picks

UNDED’s Game of the Year picks
by UNDED

UNDED’s Top Games of 2015

2015 was a busy year for gaming. Raven Software, who developed Marvel Ultimate Alliance,celebrated their 25th anniversary, Nintendo announced a new console codenamed NX, and Hideo Kojima finally started his own goddamn studio. Gamers have been keeping themselves busy playing all the great games that came out this year, and as such we’ve each picked our own game of the year, sometimes with friends. Don’t look at me like that, it’s only natural. You’re mama told you about this when you were young. These are my picks for Game of the Year of each genre, the last of which winning the number one spot.

Fighting
Mortal Kombat X
I originally bought it just to show a college professor the dangers of getting hyped about a game and buying DLC before even knowing if you’d like the base game (my wallet suffered immensely), but MKX turned out to be the best fighter I played all year. Not that I’m much of a fighting game kinda guy, but I couldn’t put this down until I had put the single player through my own fatality.

First Person Shooter
Call of Duty Black Ops 3
I used to be really heavy into Call of Duty during the last generation. This generation though, Call of Duty took a back seat for me. Instead I’ve been playing inappropriate amounts of Halo 5, it almost made my list, that is, until I Redboxed Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and fell in love all over again. Say what you will, but no other first person shooter is nearly as stable and reliable is this.

RPG
The Witcher 3
The absolute most expansive game on this list, I knew as soon as I got past the first area that The Witcher3 was going to be large. Skyrimlarge. Economic disaster large. The kind of large they only use to describe your mom. Behind my review for this game there is a sad tale of loss as I had to trade it in for another game needed for review, but I will return Geralt. I will return.

Action/Adventure
Dying Light
Hesitant to even start this game because of how unsettling Dead Island left me, the urge to kill zombies was too strong. Not only is the combat fun and impressive to watch (hit a zombie in the head with a baseball bat and see what I mean), but the new parkour elements were fun to watch, and helpful during combat.

Racing
 Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious
A downloadable title that released FREE for its first week on the store, I picked this baby up expecting to hate it. Quite the contrary, F&F sucked me in like oxygen into a tweaked block, over the manifold, under a hose barb adapter, jerked off onto a crankshaft, and out the engine diaper. I think. I don’t know anything about cars. I assume that’s a thing. Don’t look at me.

Indie Title
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Although it may not be considered an indie title, it was far from a triple-A release. Releasing episodically at $6 a piece for 5 episodes, minus the first episode which is free, Resident Evil Revelation 2 is a great game to have in your collection. The combat is fluid, and straddles both action and stealth. A big winning point for me is that unlike Telltale, Capcom released all the episodes, within months of each other.

Open World
Mad Max
Probably the most casual on this list, never have I felt able to jump into a triple-A title without having to know the story. Not exactly a movie licensed game, nor a stand-alone title, Mad Max tries to cover both the movie world and its own and in the process makes for a story that you will not need to pay attention to. Log on, and use your car’s grapple hook to throw people across the wasteland. That is all.

GAME OF THE YEAR
Assassins Creed Chronicles: China
This game came out of left field for me. What I thought would be a Ninja Scroll rip off turned out to be a pretty impressive, original title. The standard Assassins Creed lore isn’t here much, and I like that. The game focuses solely on stealth gameplay whereas the console releases include fighting mechanics as well. Chinastarted out simple enough, but before long I had a huge arsenal of weapons and more options than I could think of to get through levels. I was immediately swooned. I reviewed 10 games this year, each one giving me a different experience in different genres, and Assassins Creed China rightfully beat them all out.

Well those were my games of the year. I hope you enjoyed reading them. Originally I was hoping to write about each of New Challengers Gaming crews’ games of the year, but everyone settled on Fallout 4, Stella being the only one with an original opinion and sticking to her guns on Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX. I would have loved to give Game of the Year to Fallout 4, but it’s always demanding my time, looking at me dirty me when I play other games, and all around too goddamn big to support its own weight. Just like your mom. 

Uncle Ed

Terraria: Finally better with updates

Terraria: Finally better with updates
By Dark_Laharl

            Released in 2011, Terraria came out when Minecraft was at its height in popularity. As a Minecraft fan myself, I wanted something new and similar to the Minecraft style of gameplay. Terrariaseemed like the perfect fit, but honestly, I wasn’t completely impressed upon the initial release. Terraria offered a lot of different features such as boss battles but otherwise didn’t have much from the get go.

            Over the last 4 years Terraria received new updates and with each update improved gameplay. The 1.1 update released in December 2011 introduced a “Hard” mode and a biome of blood thirsty unicorns. With this update we also got new armors and weapons. Hard mode was updated once again in September 2013 making the game even more challenging by adding more biomes like the Crimson and a jungle-based boss Plantera. Finally, the latest 1.3 update in June 2015 added Lunar Events, which added what could be the end boss for the game –a whole 4 years after its original release. The final boss, the Moon Lord, has an epic design that looks like a horror straight out of an H.P. Lovecraft novel.

            In terms of graphics, Terraria is a 2D world. You can travel left, right, up and down but not towards the background or into the foreground. Even with the 2D platform, you get a classic, retro, 8-bit feel which is kind of nostalgic and doesn’t detract from the game itself. I also like the background music Terraria offers. A neat little feature is that the music changes in every biome you visit and for every event that occurs. You won’t find yourself terribly annoyed by the music; unless you spend massive amounts of time in a specific area but even then, the soundtrack is rather enjoyable. 

            I put a cumulative 2 weeks into Terrariawhere I mined for ores to craft better weapons and armors to fight the new epic bosses. I know it doesn’t sound exciting but it felt rewarding defeating an epic boss that originally gave me a ton of trouble. The exploration and hunting for accessories melts your free time, but in a good way.

After the updates, I have nothing but good things to say about Terraria. It is available for mobile devices, Xbox and Playstation. I have tried it on both Xbox and my phone but the controls felt awkward. If you’re going to get the game, I definitely recommend it for the PC.