Microsoft announced a new round of discounts for Xbox One and Xbox 360 games this morning. The discounts are accompanied by permanent price cuts for some early Xbox One releases.
The Xbox One is still young so its library is only a fraction of the size of Xbox 360's. There are still plenty of great games on the console, though.
There are a lot of gamers out there looking to get into the new generation of gaming, but feel like they need a game to truly justify their next-gen purchase. Despite some critical acclaim, Forza 5 quickly went from the game many felt exemplified “next-gen” to a game that felt like it was the epitome of what this new generation of gaming should not be about.
Forza 5 received major backlash for its increased grind, lower payout and higher cash shop prices. Turn 10 was put under the media spotlight by gamers and various forms of furious fanboys trying to keep the gaming industry from turning into an equally corrupt culture as the housing, banking and political sectors. Turn 10 has listened and they are rectifying the problem.
We recently reported that Eurogamer would be keeping a close eye on the game's cash shop and report whether or not it affected the overall gameplay in their review. So how well did gaming media do with appropriately measuring the content versus the cash shop mechanisms?
Microsoft has been getting lit up lately with complaints about hardware failure from just about every corner of the consumer market. What complaints are being filed? The Cookie Monster noise of Death with the disc drive, the Green Screen of Death and the Day-One Update of Doom. To compensate for this tragedy, Microsoft is sending out complementary games for those with Xbox One issues.
Next-gen is here... it's now the new generation of hardcore console gaming (and some casual gaming, too, if you're into that sort of thing). While the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have seemingly stumbled out of the gate like a drunk and disorderly Amanda Bynes, the reality is that there is a remarkable difference in the graphical leap from seventh gen to eighth gen, even if some games don't seem like it.
Can you guess which Forza screen belongs to which build? Is the left or right the Xbox One? Can you tell? Is the left or right the E3 build? Can you tell? I'll give you a hint: The E3 build is the one with additional light passes, higher refraction, deeper shadow grades and per-object self-shadowing. Have you figured out which one is which?
Accompanying the recent release of the Microsoft's third-generation console and the moderate selection of launch titles, is a visual walkthrough guide for Forza Motorsport 5, courtesy of GamesHQMedia. The video series is already jam-packed with content and a variety of visually informative cues from Turn 10's latest outing.
No blowing up on Reddit, no super-duper, 2,000 degree article rage-fest on N4G, no super-thread on NeoGaf or GameFaq spam-fest to get the point across, just silent rage... lots of silent rage. What am I talking about exactly? I'm talking about the revelation that the microtransactions in Ryse and Forza Motorsport 5 have lowered the opinion gamers have of these titles, even more so than some of the abysmal review scores.
Today the first reviews for Forza Motorsport 5 began to roll out across the Internet. Thus far the racing game is the best reviewed launch title for the Xbox One with a Metacritic average of 82.
Power left untapped? Hidden specialties to be uncovered? A hidden ability that only Zordon can unlock? Nope. The Xbox One is apparently maxed by 100% according to Forza Motorsport 5 developer, Turn 10 Studios.
Microsoft released an official promotional video of the Xbox One's dashboard in a 12 minute, PR friendly demonstration. The video rolls through all the different features of the Xbox One's dashboard, the Kinect integration, friends, watching TV, watching sports while watching TV on your TV and recording and uploading clips.
I'm not sure what the folks at the Microsoft Redmond offices were drinking when they came up with an “all digital” future but it certainly wasn't steeped in the confinements of reality. The official game sizes for the Xbox One have been revealed and unless you were on a fiber optic connection, downloading these games wouldn't have been convenient at all.
New gameplay footage has emerged for Forza Motorsport 5 featuring the game running in real time on an Xbox One, no high-powered Windows 7 computers or supped up kits running Nvidia GTX 780s... nope, we're looking at actual footage from the Xbox One and you can too.