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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

You’re heading to the store to get an Xbox One right now, and need to know which games to get. Or you’re at work or in school, daydreaming about what you want to play next. Or maybe you’re suiting up for a battle in the console war, cinching on your armor and trying to remember which games will best help you make the argument for Microsoft’s new console. We are here to help. Advertisement These days there are more good Xbox One games than ever, with new contenders arriving all the time. In the list below, we’ve listed the games we recommend for Microsoft’s machine. We will, of course, continue to update the list regularly as more games are released for the Xbox One. We’ve capped the list at 12, and in the months and years to come will remove old games to make way for new, better entries. Here goes… Rise of the Tomb Raider does much of what its predecessor did: It gives us a relatable, less superhuman Lara Croft and sets her loose in a hostile environment with only her wits and a pickaxe to stay alive. While the story may not be ultimately as gripping or…

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Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, and More Added to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

Xbox One’s latest arrivals for backwards compatible titles include Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Borderlands 2, and many others for the week. …Read More The post Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, and More Added to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Phil Spencer Says Gaming Isn’t A “Race Between Two Consoles”

One day after telling gamers to “celebrate” the fact that so many good games are shipping across consoles (including Horizon Zero Dawn), Phil Spencer talked to fans that are worried about the Xbox brand’s current state. “Gaming [is] not a race between two consoles,” Spencer responded to one such user who was worried about the Xbox One trailing PlayStation 4 sales. “Good games aren’t weapons [versus other platforms], we work to make [Xbox and Windows 10] great places [to] play.” Phil then clarified the statement by saying that his view has “nothing to do” with the company’s current share on the marketplace. He stated that “gaming has a much bigger opportunity than [a] two console battle,” and that creating great games is a critical part of that. Spencer believes that Xbox’s PC work is already paying off as games like Fallout Shelter are already coming to the console thanks to the Universal Windows Platform. These views are consistent with past statements from Spencer, who has constantly praised the work of great developers no matter what system they are currently developing for. While it’s easy to get caught up in the unprecedented success of the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One has not READ…

Forza Motorsport, Attack on Titan, and More Highlight This Week’s Deals With Gold

The latest Deals With Gold offers for the week include discounts on the Forza series, King’s Quest, Attack on Titan, and more for Xbox One and Xbox 360. …Read More The post Forza Motorsport, Attack on Titan, and More Highlight This Week’s Deals With Gold by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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For Honor Players Claim To Be Troubled By Lag

For Honor’s handling of multiplayer is causing frustrations for some players as lag rears its head, ruining fights and disrupting matches in the online melee fighting game. Advertisement “It’s almost unplayable like this,” one Reddit poster said. “I’m lucky if I can play one complete game out of every three.” “Finally able to join a game,” another said. “The Orochi in the other team is teleporting around the place.” Lag is to be expected in online experiences, as player connection speeds vary, but For Honor is drawing particular scrutiny from its player base. The main source of concern centers on how the game handles its online matches. It does not use dedicated servers. All matches are handled on a peer to peer basis. Peer to peer is one way that online games function. With peer to peer, there is no dedicated server tracking player information. Rather, an individual’s client is designated as the game’s host. While this is cheaper than having numerous servers, it has the potential to create more lag, particularly if the host does not have a great connection. Advertisement For READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Here's March's Xbox Live Games With Gold Lineup

If you missed out on Borderlands 2 or have always been a little curious about Evolve, Xbox Live’s Games with Gold will look pretty good to you for March. Paying subscribers to Xbox Live can grab these four games for “free”if they have an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Advertisement March’s Games with Gold are: Xbox One Layers of Fear (March 1-30) Evolve: Ultimate Edition (March 16-April 15) Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One) Borderlands 2 (March 1-15) Heavy Weapon (March 16-31) READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Xbox Boss Asks Fans to Celebrate “Good” Games Like Horizon Zero Dawn

Since the release of Horizon Zero Dawn‘s reviews, there has been a lot of conversation about the current lineup of exclusives for both, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Some fans took to Twitter to press Xbox boss Phil Spencer on the topic following the lifting of Horizon Zero Dawn‘s review embargo, which comes not too long after the high profile cancellation of Xbox-exclusive, Scalebound. In response, he said that “good games shipping are a positive for the industry” and that we should “celebrate them.” “Forza Horizon 3, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Civilization 6, Horizon Zero Dawn, Overwatch etc all make gaming better,” he continued. Elsewhere, Spencer expressed confidence in Microsoft’s first party studios, stating that the company will continue to work hard to deliver. Horizon Zero Dawn releases worldwide next week. The game has earned a high level of praise (our review here) from critics across the board. [Source: Phil Spencer (Twitter)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Xbox One Gets Limited Time Price Drop to $250, Just in Time for Tax Returns

Microsoft’s latest promotion on Xbox One is once again bringing the system down to $250 on all Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles and bundles. …Read More The post Xbox One Gets Limited Time Price Drop to $250, Just in Time for Tax Returns by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

Halo Wars 2 Celebrating Launch with Livestream and Giveaways on February 16

In preparation for the release of Halo Wars 2, Microsoft will be celebrating the game’s release with a special livestream and plenty of giveaways. …Read More The post Halo Wars 2 Celebrating Launch with Livestream and Giveaways on February 16 by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Microsoft just announced that the Xbox’s E3 briefing will air Sunday, June 11th at 2PM PST, and not

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Resident Evil 7 Producer Explains How They Made The Game So Scary

Resident Evil 7 was a watershed moment for the series that reinvigorated the languishing franchise. Series producer Masachika Kawata told us how the team over at Capcom brought the series home again. Advertisement Kawata explained that Resident Evil 7 creates a horrifying experience by changing the camera perspective, so the player never feels like a spectator. “We felt that a switch to first person perspective would heighten the immersion and bring the player closer to this horror, making everything feel more personal,” Kawata said. Advertisement In Resident Evil 7, encroaching enemies often lurch into the player’s personal space. Ethan’s injuries (like his painful encounter with a chainsaw), gained impact with the change in perspective. But Resident Evil 7 is more than guts and blood: it’s also game about space, about feeling anxiety in creaking floorboards and tight hallways. To capture that spirit, the development team drew from prior locations in the series, like the iconic Spencer Mansion or the estate from Resident Evil 5: Lost In Nightmares. “Thematically, we aimed for something more intimate, rather than having some large in scope.” Kawata said. This READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Here's Why Resident Evil 7 Characters Have Such Great Teeth

Resident Evil 7’s most distressing horror technique is not a well placed jump scare or dangerous boss encounter. It’s the teeth. Those terrifying, perfect teeth. Thanks to series producer Masachika Kawata, we finally know what the deal is with everyone’s stellar dental work. Advertisement I had the wonderful opportunity to conduct an email interview with Mr. Kawata and will have an extended interview tomorrow. For now, there’s important information that the world must know. Here’s an excerpt from our correspondence: Heather: One thing we noticed playing the game is that everyone has very good teeth. Do the Bakers brush and floss? Masachika Kawata: We used a method called photogrammetry which involves 3D scan technology and real models to create a photorealistic effect to the graphics. In the case of the characters, I guess we can thank the actors we utilized for having great teeth! Photogrammetry is used to detect specific points from images into order estimate and approximate those points in 3-D space. It has been used in other graphically impressive games like Star Wars Battlefront in order to produce intensely detailed environments. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Forza Series Races Past $1 Billion in Total Lifetime Sales

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Oddly Enough, Watch Dogs 2 Is An Innovative 3D Platformer

The 3D platformer, the faded genre of Super Mario 64 that flourished two decades ago, was supposed to finally make a comeback in 2017. The likes of Yooka-Laylee and Super Mario Odyssey were going to bring it back. But Watch Dogs 2, of all games, snuck some 3D platforming into its side missions last year, using one key design twist to refashion how these kinds of games works. Advertisement You might not have thought of Watch Dogs 2 as a 3D platformer, let alone an innovative one. It’s one of those massive open-world Ubisoft games that’s bursting with hundreds of things to do. You could surely think of it in many ways. It’s a third-person shooter. It’s an ATM-hacking simulator. It’s a game that turns the underside of the Golden Gate Bridge into some sort of line-connecting puzzle. It’s an interactive fashion show. It’s a complex delivery system for providing a new take on whether the Aliens can beat the Predator. It’s a game about taking selfies. Its an elaborate teaser for another Ubisoft game. It’s even a game that pulls you into other people’s games so READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!