Xbox Live “Ultimate Game Sale”

Major Nelson posted today that “Next week, the Xbox Live Marketplace will kick off their ‘Ultimate Game Sale’ and they sent over this list of upcoming titles that are scheduled to be on sale.”

Different games will be on sale throughout the week at steeply discounted prices. The prices are not yet set, but be sure to check this discussion thread throughout the week for updates.

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Smart Match, Reputation upgrade on Xbox One

Smart Match is a new feature of the Xbox One and was mentioned only in passing during the Microsoft E3 Media Briefing. Yesterday, Major Nelson published a post on his blog discussing the Smart Match system being rolled out with the Xbox One. The most significant impact on matchmaking is that you won’t have to wait in the pre-game lobby for players – once you have started searching, you can switch to another activity, such as watching a TV show or checking out the forums on SIP. Once players have been found, you’ll be notified and be prompted to switch back to your game.

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Microsoft clarifies positions on licensing, connectivity, and privacy for Xbox One

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wrcfan stopped by to let us know about new statements Microsoft is making with respect to game licensing, connectivity, and privacy in response to community feedback after the Xbox One reveal on May 21. This is a significant improvement over their previous strategy of continually reiterating “more at E3” and middling statements from various insiders.

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Fable Anniversary Teaser

Hide yo kids, hide yo wives, even hide yo chickens because they be kicking everybody out here!

That’s right folks, Lionhead has released a teaser trailer for an upcoming remake of the first Fable! The game will feature snazzy new graphics and animation, ear popping achievements, and include all of the content found in The Lost Chapters section of the later re-release of the original game. Most fans can all agree that Fable The Lost Chapters was the best the Fable franchise had to offer and now everyone that either hasn’t played or wants to revisit will now have the opportunity to experience its beauty!

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Release Spotlight – 6/3/13

State of Decay

Release Date: 6/5/13
Xbox 360
Genre: Action Adventure
Price: $19.99

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The end is here. Life as you knew it has gone to hell after the mother of all zombie outbreaks. Now you and the few scattered survivors must band together to survive and rebuild in a 3rd-person action game set in a dynamic open world. You choose where to make your stand, designing and fortifying your home base, performing daring raids for food and ammunition, and rescuing other playable survivors with unique talents. The open, sandbox world develops in real-time, shaped by your actions, dynamically generating content based on your choices and the ever-increasing zombie threat.

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Release Spotlight – 5/13/2013

Metro: Last Light

Release Date: 5/14/13
PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: First Person Shooter
Price: $59.99

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It is the year 2034…
Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within.

Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above. But rather than stand united, the station-cities of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the ultimate power, a doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. A civil war is stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever.

As Artyom, burdened by guilt but driven by hope, you hold the key to our survival – the last light in our darkest hour…

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Release Spotlight – 4/29/13

The week of 4/29/13 brings us a bundle of new releases and content. In this spotlight you’ll find Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, Might and Magic Shades of Darkness, Soul Sacrifice, and Zeno Clash 2. To discuss this article or the games mentioned, click for discussion.

Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut

Release Date: 4/30/13
PS3
Genre: Action Adventure
Price: $39.99

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Visit the mysterious town of Greenvale with Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut and discover more secrets through the new scenarios, bask in the beauty with redefined graphics and move with greater freedom with a complete control overhaul.

Greenvale, a sleepy town in the US mid-west, has fallen prey to the Red Seed Murders. With local law enforcement unaccustomed to the high profile nature, it is up to FBI Special Agent Francis York Morgan to find the murderer, unravel the mysteries of Greenvale and survive the locals.

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