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Category Archives: Xbox One

Happy 4th of July from PlayerEssence!

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Hey PE faithful! Just wanted to say happy 4th of July and to be safe out there when lighting fireworks. There might be some posts today, but not much is going on. Make sure to check out some of my latest videos on E3 if you haven’t already done so. 

This Week on Xbox: July 3rd, 2015 (The Division, Battlefield & more)

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“Your source for all the week’s Xbox news. This week’s news includes the Criminal Activity Pack for Battlefield Hardline, signups for the exclusive Xbox One Division beta, pre-order Fallout 4 and much more.”

Source: Xbox One

Batman Arkham Knight – Batgirl: A Matter of Family DLC Launches on July 14th

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Batman Arkham Knight players will be able to play as Batgirl for the first time in the Arkham series on July 14th. Batgirl A Matter of Family will cost $6.99 for non-season pass holders.

“Batgirl: A Matter of Family will allow players to take on the role of Batgirl for the first time in the Batman: Arkham franchise. This exciting story add-on features an all-new location with multiple missions, side quests and secrets; a new hacking feature to progress through the world and solve puzzles; and Dual Play functionality with Robin for dynamic take-down maneuvers.

The Batgirl: A Matter of Family add-on content was developed by WB Games Montréal and was created using the Batman: Arkham Knight engine built by Rocksteady Studios. The remaining Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass add-on content is under development by Rocksteady Studios.”

Source: Gematsu

Batman: Arkham Knight PC Version Pulled Due to Major Issues – #CUPodcast

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“Batman: Arkham Knight PC version has been pulled from Steam and other stores due to numerous bugs and glitches. The CUPodcast guys discuss the matter below.”

Source: Pat the NES Punk

Xbox 360’s $1.15 Billion Mistake with the Red Ring of Death

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Current EA COO Peter Moore has recounted the Xbox 360’s Red Ring of Death saga, that stuck the company for a tune of $1,150,000,000 in repair costs/warranties.

“We were seeing failure rates and starting to get reports through customer service,” Moore said.

“This was a thing where we couldn’t actually figure out what was going on.

“We knew we had a problem. I remember going to Robbie Bach, my boss, and saying, I think we could have a billion dollar problem here. As we started to do the analysis of what was going on, we were getting the defectors in, it was a challenging problem for our engineers, and we couldn’t quite figure out what it was. We knew it was heat related. There were all kinds of fixes. I remember people putting wet towels around the box.”

I suggest reading the full article over at Eurogamer. It is very interesting.

How Mad Should You Get Over Videogames? – ZyroXZ2

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“There’s been a lot of discussion on my channel and not a lot of games, but don’t worry, reviews galore are coming!… Until then, maybe a little talk on this whole “angry gamer” thing might be in order!”

Source: ZyroXZ2

“Red Ash” Teased by Comcept, Mega Man Legends Spiritual Successor?

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Comcept has just released a teaser trailer for a game titled “Red Ash”. Many are speculating that this is a spiritual successor to Mega Man Legends.

A post in the Mighty No. 9 KickStarter page says:

Now what in the world could this be…?

Well…whatever it is, we decided to give our backers a special first look at it!

If you want to know more, you are all just going to have to wait until Independence Day to find out!

We can’t say anything more until then, but we think you get the idea. Please share this video with all your friends, and help spread the word!

We should here more about Red Ash at the anime Expo this weekend. Inafune-san will be holding a panel saying that he has a special announcement that “may interest Mega Man fans.”

Via: GoNintendo

Open-World Fantasy RPG “Elex” Announced by Nordic Games

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Nordic Games, along with developer Piranha Bytes, have announced a new open-world, post-apocalyptic RPG, called Elex. This game is set to release on PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2016/2017. The name Elex, is being described as “Eclectic, Lavish, Exhilarating, Xenial open-world RPG” (leading to the abbreviations of Elex). Players will be dropped in a huge “seamless game world” with tons of “original characters, mutated creatures, deep moral choices and powerful action”.

“To say we are excited to see this new project unfold in the hands of Piranha Bytes is an understatement,” said Nordic Games business & product development director Reinhard Pollice in a press release. “Elex is going to be edgy, dark, uncompromising, complex, and we love it already. We will be premiering a vertical slice build at Gamescom 2015, more info will be released in due time.”
Source: Gematsu

EVO 2015 – Smash Bros. 4 & Ultra Street Fighter 4 have the most Entrants so far

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The biggest “FIGHTING GAME” tournament in the world, EVO, has put together the early numbers for contestants per game. Ultra Street Fighter 4 leads with 2,227 entries. However, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Melee are hot on Street Fighter’s tail with 1,926 and 1,869 contestants respectively.

As a side note, I’ll probably be competing at EVO 2016, as I’ve started to win most of my local tournaments in Smash Wii U. I’m going to take on the Los Angeles area this summer, so hopefully I can continue to get better. Full numbers below.

Yooka-Laylee – Classic Platforming is Reborn

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The PlayStation Access team has got more footage of Yooka-Laylee! See all the action below.

Anti-GG Racism/Sexism Hypocrisy, CEO Impressions, Digital Release Prices + More! – EventStatus

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EventStatus is back with another hard-hitting episode of The Main Event. Warning, suggestive language.

Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom | DEATH BATTLE (ScrewAttack!)

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They are both masked conquerors of great power, but who will reign supreme?


Source: ScrewAttack!

Media Create Sales (6/22/15 – 6/28/15): Fire Emblem Fates Debuts at over 300,000 Units sold

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Fire Emblem Fates was the top game sold in this week’s Media Create Charts, and it wasn’t even close. The amazing strategy RPG sold around 303,000 units, not counting digital, potentially making it the biggest opening in Fire Emblem history. On the hardware side, the Nintendo 3DS was the top system sold with 32,355 units sold.

Splatoon continued to hold strong, with another 37,458 units sold. That makes a grand total of 348,040 not counting digital. Persona 4 Dancing All Night had a strong debut with 94,036 units. That boosted PS Vita unit sales to 23,134 for the week. Get the full software and hardware charts below.

Game Theory: The Strategy of Sex Appeal in Dead or Alive

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Check out the latest episode of Game Theory here. The intro is freaking hilarious. Warning, suggestive themes.

Shovel Knight has sold over 700,000 Copies

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Shovel Knight has been a massive success for Yacht Club Games, and now we have an updated sales tally for the 2D action game. According to Yacht Club Games, Shovel Knight has shifted over 700,000 copies combining all versions of the game. I think that’s a pretty good return on investment…. considering the game was KickStarted for around $311,000 and has a net profit nearly $10,000,000. Source: Yacht Club Games

Shovel Knight – Physical Release Confirmed, Nintendo Exclusive Content Teased

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Shovel Knight has been confirmed for a retail release on October 16th. The game will come to PS4, Xbox One, Wii U and 3DS in disc form for users to enjoy. The disc will come will all the DLC as well, with pricing set at $19.99.

Killer Instinct – Season 2 (Xbox One DLC Review) – ZyroXZ2 – PE Network

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ZyroXZ2 from the PE Network reviews Killer Instinct Season 2 on Xbox One.

Source: ZyroXZ2

Anima Gate of Memories E3 2015 Trailer Looks Good!

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Check out the amazing E3 trailer for indie-RPG Anima Gate of Memories. But don’t let the size of the studio fool you, this looks like full RPG experience you would see from the big publishers. **The Wii U version will launch after the other versions of this game**

Source: AnimaProjectStudio

Dark Souls Franchise Passes 8 Million Units sold

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Developer From Software has proudly announced that the Dark Souls franchise has sold more than eight million copies worldwide. These sales numbers include: Dark Souls, Dark Souls II and Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. And impressive has these numbers are, they don’t include Demon Souls or Bloodborne, which are considered “spiritual” links to the Dark Souls franchise. Dark Souls 3 is coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2016. Via: VGChartz, Source: NeoGAF

Microsoft Announces Gamescom 2015 – Crackdown, Quantum Break, Scalebound & more

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Microsoft has announced their plans for Gamescom 2015. And the company is bringing the heavy hitters to the show. Get the full details below.

Gamescom 2015 Xbox Briefing
Tuesday, August 4, 4:00p CEST (7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. ET)

The evening before Gamescom officially kicks off, the Xbox briefing will show off many of the games coming to Xbox One, including titles like Scalebound, Quantum Break, and Crackdown. Tune in to the Gamescom 2015 Xbox Briefing on Xbox One, Xbox.com, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone to get the latest news and watch game trailers and demos. Be sure to download the free Xbox Live Event interactive app (XLEi app) on your Xbox One or XLE on your Xbox 360 before the show so you’re ready!

The Xbox booth at Gamescom

Wednesday, August 5, 9:00a to 7:00p CEST (Note: this is for press/trade only)
Thursday, August 6, 10:00a to 8:00p CEST
Friday, August 7, 10:00a to 8:00p CEST
Saturday, August 8, 10:00a to 8:00p CEST
Sunday, August 9, 9:00a to 6:00p CEST

Join us in the Xbox booth on the show floor to go hands-on with the greatest lineup in Xbox history. From Halo 5: Guardians and Forza Motorsport 6 to Rise of the Tomb Raider, we’ve got some amazing titles for you to play in the booth and watch in our theater.

Xbox FanFest: Gamescom 2015

After Xbox FanFest: E3 2015, we’ve decided to bring the same up-close-and-personal fan experience to gamescom this year. Running from Tuesday, August 4th through Wednesday, August 5th, a group of fans will get exclusive access to the greatest games lineup in Xbox history, as well as a host of other surprises. Details coming soon.

Via: Gematsu

Sony Secured Call of Duty DLC Exclusivity due to Destiny Partnership

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Sony will have exclusive DLC for Call of Duty Black Ops 3 this fall on PS3 and PS4. This deal actually went through due to the partnership Sony had with Activision with Destiny.

“Well, I think the first thing was we’ve had a great relationship with Activision around Destiny and I’m a huge fan of that,” said PlayStation VP of Publisher & Developer Relations, Adam Boyes.

Boyes had the opportunity to play Call of Duty: Black Ops III in person and he “fell in love” with the game instantly, and things went from there.

“As soon as I started playing it, I said, ‘This feels incredible! You can wallride!’ It’s just so smooth; it’s almost like poetic. And so obviously, we just continued talking with our partners at Activision and worked something out. And now we’ve got I think a great benefit to all the gamers,” he added.

Via: VGChartz, Source: GameSpot

Video Game Deals (6/29/15) – The Order: 1886, Batman Arkham Origins & more

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Get the full roundup of video game deals below.

Dark Souls II (Xbox 360) – $9.99/ Microsoft Store

Batman Arkham Origins (PS3) – $6.99/ Toys R Us

Assassin’s Creed Rogue (PS3) – $9.99/ WalMart

The Order: 1886 (PS4) – $39.99/ Best Buy

Watch Dogs (Xbox One) – $9.99/ Microsoft Store