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Play Xbox Multiplayer For Free This Weekend

Microsoft is allowing all players to play multiplayer on Xbox One and Xbox 360 – whether you have a Gold account or not – for free from February 16 to 19.

Furthermore, you can also play hit titles Rocket League and NBA 2K17 on Xbox One for free over that time.

[Source: Microsoft]

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Perception, A Horror Game From Ex-BioShock Developers, Is Coming To Xbox One

Perception, a horror game from developers that worked on franchises such as BioShock and Dead Space, is coming to Xbox One. In Perception, you play from the perspective of a blind woman named Cassie who explores an ominous mansion.

Most horror games rely on atmosphere and sound, and in Perception, both become even more important. Cassie can use her echolocation to turn sounds into visual cues, which can help you find your way. Equipped with just a walking stick and a smartphone, you use your wits to outsmart a ghostly presence. 

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Perception was also previously announced to release on PlayStation 4 and PC. No specific release date has been announced just yet. Perception was picked out as one of our most anticipated horror games of 2017.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

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Fallout Shelter Hits Xbox One And Windows 10 Next Week

Fallout Shelter, a free-to-play mobile game, engaged many when it launched back in 2015, and has only grown since then with pets, iconic Fallout characters, additional rooms, and more. It later hit PC. Now Xbox One and Windows 10 users are getting the opportunity to build and manage their own vault as well.

This all begins on February 7. Fallout Shelter is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, which allows players to switch between the Xbox One and their Windows 10 PC, retaining their progress, saves, and achievements. In addition, the game has been updated to work with an Xbox One controller. 

For more on Fallout Shelter, you can read our review here and a feature discussing more of its magic here.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

 

 

Our Take
This is great for those who have been itching to try the game, especially since it's had so many cool improvements since launch. If you haven't played it, it's worth giving it a shot when it launches next week on Xbox One.

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The Top 10 Games On Xbox One

Microsoft broadened the Xbox's focus from being a games machine with the Xbox 360 to an all-in-one entertainment device with the Xbox One. That strategy may not have attracted gamers in the early days of the new-generation transition, and the console continues to recover from those missteps. Even so, the Xbox One is home to an increasing library of great games. In our continually evolving feature, we're highlighting the 10 essential games on Xbox One.

Here are Game Informer's current picks for the top 10 games on the Xbox One.

10. Rise of the Tomb Raider
“Rise of the Tomb Raider captures the thrill of being an adventurer and
leaves you thinking about Lara's next move. You have daredevil
sequences, heroic moments, fun exploration, and exciting fights that
even Indiana Jones would envy. If Crystal Dynamics keeps raising the bar
from here, I can't wait to see what's next for Lara.” — Kimberley
Wallace

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

9. Titanfall 2
"In an era where it feels like the majority of shooters either have single-player or multiplayer tacked on, Titanfall 2 is the full package. The top-tier campaign has nearly perfect pacing, and the subtle revisions and additions to the multiplayer make it better than ever. For first-person shooter fans, Titanfall 2 is a must play." – Javy Gwaltney

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

8. Dishonored 2
"Dishonored
2 successfully builds on the solid stealth-combat foundation of the
original while introducing enough fun new gameplay concepts to feel
fresh. Whether you prefer sticking to the shadows or gutting every
co-conspirator in the land, the game offers a rewarding experience with
attractive upgrade paths." – Matt Bertz

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

7. Inside
“Inside has excellent gameplay, thoughtful puzzles, and deadly obstacles that are entertaining to avoid – but it feels wrong to call the game “fun.” The full experience, from its opening moments to a finale that left my mouth agape, is a strangely uncomfortable one. The world’s implied history immediately pulled me in, and it’s an experience I can’t put out of my head. My chest tightens as I recall the feeling of entering new areas, succumbing to surprise deaths and witnessing its many unexpected moments. By the end, I felt as though I had lived through someone’s horrible dream, and I couldn’t wait to do it all over again.” – Kyle Hilliard

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

6. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
"Two years is a long time in video games, and it’s rare that a release so far out from its original incarnation can generate excitement. However, Blizzard’s constant improvements and adjustments have led to a stellar port to new-gen consoles, including the complete experience available on PC, plus several smart bonus features. It’s an ideal way to play the game for the first time or the tenth, especially if you have any mix of friends to play with, either on your couch or across the country." – Matt Miller

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

On the next page: The top 5 games on Xbox One.


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The Top 10 Games On Xbox One

Microsoft broadened the Xbox's focus from being a games machine with the Xbox 360 to an all-in-one entertainment device with the Xbox One. That strategy may not have attracted gamers in the early days of the new-generation transition, and the console continues to recover from those missteps. Even so, the Xbox One is home to an increasing library of great games. In our continually evolving feature, we're highlighting the 10 essential games on Xbox One.

Here are Game Informer's current picks for the top 10 games on the Xbox One.

10. Rise of the Tomb Raider
“Rise of the Tomb Raider captures the thrill of being an adventurer and
leaves you thinking about Lara's next move. You have daredevil
sequences, heroic moments, fun exploration, and exciting fights that
even Indiana Jones would envy. If Crystal Dynamics keeps raising the bar
from here, I can't wait to see what's next for Lara.” — Kimberley
Wallace

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

9. Titanfall 2
"In an era where it feels like the majority of shooters either have single-player or multiplayer tacked on, Titanfall 2 is the full package. The top-tier campaign has nearly perfect pacing, and the subtle revisions and additions to the multiplayer make it better than ever. For first-person shooter fans, Titanfall 2 is a must play." – Javy Gwaltney

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

8. Dishonored 2
"Dishonored
2 successfully builds on the solid stealth-combat foundation of the
original while introducing enough fun new gameplay concepts to feel
fresh. Whether you prefer sticking to the shadows or gutting every
co-conspirator in the land, the game offers a rewarding experience with
attractive upgrade paths." – Matt Bertz

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

7. Inside
“Inside has excellent gameplay, thoughtful puzzles, and deadly obstacles that are entertaining to avoid – but it feels wrong to call the game “fun.” The full experience, from its opening moments to a finale that left my mouth agape, is a strangely uncomfortable one. The world’s implied history immediately pulled me in, and it’s an experience I can’t put out of my head. My chest tightens as I recall the feeling of entering new areas, succumbing to surprise deaths and witnessing its many unexpected moments. By the end, I felt as though I had lived through someone’s horrible dream, and I couldn’t wait to do it all over again.” – Kyle Hilliard

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

6. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
"Two years is a long time in video games, and it’s rare that a release so far out from its original incarnation can generate excitement. However, Blizzard’s constant improvements and adjustments have led to a stellar port to new-gen consoles, including the complete experience available on PC, plus several smart bonus features. It’s an ideal way to play the game for the first time or the tenth, especially if you have any mix of friends to play with, either on your couch or across the country." – Matt Miller

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

On the next page: The top 5 games on Xbox One.


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Phantom Dust HD Coming To Xbox One Before E3 2017

In a Twitter exchange today, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that the Phantom Dust HD remaster is coming this year, and should be launching sometime before E3 2017.

Originally announced at Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference, Phantom Dust HD comes just two years after the ill-fated Phantom Dust remake, which was unveiled at E3 2014. See the full twitter exchange below.

Phantom Dust HD, as it's tentatively being called, features upgraded textures and performance, as well as new Xbox Live functionality for the 2005 cult classic. For more on Phantom Dust HD's announcement, you can click here.

[Source: Phil Spencer]

Our Take:
While the reviews were fairly positive back in the day, the original Phantom Dust didn't sell all that well. Phantom Dust HD could be Microsoft's way of testing the waters again before investing more in a full-fledged sequel or reboot to the fan favorite franchise. 

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Xbox Live Gold prices set to double in India

The price of both monthly and yearly Xbox Live Gold memberships in India are set to jump significantly at the end of next month. …


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Microsoft Replacing Xbox One’s Snap Feature In Next Update

Snap, an interesting, but admittedly rarely used by most, feature of the Xbox One is getting replaced in the next update in order to improve overall speed.

Xbox platform head Mike Ybarra revealed the upcoming change in a tweet writing, "We replaced Snap to improve multitasking, reduce memory use, improve overall speed, and free up resources going forward for bigger things." Multi-tasking will still be available, as Microsoft details in this blog for the upcoming update, but no mention of Snap is made. The blog offers some additional teases of what's to come for the Xbox One dashboard, including visual changes, and the plans to speed up the console's performance.

Microsoft is currently testing the update and it should be available to Xbox One owners in April.

[Source: @XboxQwik, Xbox via The Verge]

 

Our Take
I was very optimistic about this feature when the Xbox One launched, and fully expected myself to use it. I even wrote a whole feature about it. Ultimately, though, I never really snapped anything but Achievements. It's a neat feature, but I can't say I will miss it. It's too bad I won't be able watch The Great Mouse Detective and The Great Mouse Detective simultaneously anymore, though.

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Xbox Live Monthly Active Users Reach Record 55 Million

In a Microsoft quarterly earnings report and conference call, it was announced that Xbox Live monthly active users have reached a new record 55 million. This is a significant boost compared to the same time last year.

Microsoft's overall gaming revenue was down 3% year-over-year from September to December (located in the same report), attributed to hardware.

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Our Take
People are playing and they're playing online! While single player experiences aren't going away anytime soon (though their death is often predicted by some capricious pundit every year like clockwork), online play is becoming more and more pervasive. Services like Xbox Live are an extension of that.

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PSA: Shadows of the Damned And Rocket Knight Come To Xbox One Backward Compatibility Today

A tweet by Major Nelson today confirmed that two titles, Shadows of the Damned and Rocket Knight, are coming to Xbox One backward compatibility today. If you were looking to play one of these games, well, now's your chance!