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- 04/20/17--10:36: _Halo Wars: Definiti...
- 04/20/17--12:00: _Best Strategy and S...
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- 04/21/17--01:00: _Cities: Skylines fo...
- 04/21/17--04:30: _Voodoo Vince Remast...
- 04/21/17--08:48: _May's Xbox Games wi...
- 04/21/17--10:28: _Call of Duty: WWII ...
- 04/21/17--12:00: _Black Ops 2 is the ...
- 04/21/17--13:06: _Microsoft celebrate...
- 04/22/17--07:00: _Shiness: The Lightn...
- 04/22/17--14:01: _Watch and win an ex...
- 04/23/17--10:29: _How to create custo...
- 04/20/17--12:00: Best Strategy and Simulation Games on Xbox One
- 04/21/17--08:48: May's Xbox Games with Gold lineup led by Star Wars and Lara Croft
- 04/21/17--10:28: Call of Duty: WWII confirmed ahead of April 26 reveal
- 04/21/17--12:00: Black Ops 2 is the Call of Duty game you need to play right now
- 04/23/17--10:29: How to create custom 'gamerpics' for your Xbox Live profile
The new Game Chat Transcription features bring text-to-speech and speech-to-text to Xbox games. Here's how to enable them.
Added in a recent software update to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, Game Chat Transcription is a brand new feature that's designed widen accessibility in multiplayer titles. Here's a closer look at what it offers and how to use it.
What is Game Chat Transcription?
When enabled, Game Chat Transcription automatically transcribes in-game voice chats into text and in-game text chat into audible speech for other players. It bridges the gap between typed and verbal communication, opening up the platform to those with related disabilities.
Although still in its early stages, the current implementation manages to frequently translate between text and speech on the fly. It's still common to encounter spelling errors, mistranslations and other inaccuracies, however, which can be caused by the technology itself and player pronunciation.
Which games currently support the ...
It's been a relatively quiet week for Xbox One backward compatibility releases so far, but Microsoft is busting that open with 5 new additions to the list. Most notably, the Xbox 360 Arcade release of Contra is now available to play via backward compatibility, along with 4 other, smaller titles.
Also, Contra and RoboBlitz are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/ZfLjZgK0sg— Larry Hryb 💬 (@majornelson) April 20, 2017
Contra serves up all of the run-and-gun action anyone who has played the arcade classic should be familiar with. The Xbox Arcade release includes achievements to earn, as well as co-op multiplayer modes and more.
As for the other releases in this batch, RoboBlitz offers a total of 19 action-packed physics-based puzzle levels with goofy characters and plenty of weapons to check out. 3D Ultra Minigolf and Golf: Tee It Up! offer virtual golf outings of the either the miniature or long-form variety. Lastly, Gin Rummy g...
The latest trailer for upcoming action RPG The Surge is here, and it shows off some pretty intense combat. And from the looks of things, surviving The Surge's combat will require a combination of skill and impeccable timing. Check it out below:
The Surge's combat system is highly skill-based, with positioning, speed, and technique all playing a significant role. You'll have to take advantage of dodges, blocks, ducks and jumps enhanced by your exo-suit in order to avoid a quick death while also maneuvering yourself into a position to strike at your enemy's weaknesses. Of course, you'll also get to call on a little help from a CREO drone for shielding you or slamming you enemies with a variety of different attacks.
Why Dark Souls fans should pay attention to The Surge
The Surge will offer up intense action RPG gameplay set in a deeply dystopian future where the planet is dying and humans are enhancing their bodies with technology. Made by the studio behind Lords of the Fallen, Th...
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is now available as a standalone release on the Windows Store, Xbox Store, and Steam. Originally, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition was only available for anyone who purchased the Ultimate Edition of Halo Wars 2.
Halo Wars itself was originally released in 2009 as the first RTS game in the Halo franchise. The Definitive Edition revamps the experience with remastered graphics, new achievements, and all of the DLC created for the original release. The story itself takes place introduced new characters to the Halo universe, some of whom would later return in Halo Wars 2.
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is a Play Anywhere title on Windows 10 and Xbox One, meaning you can buy it once and play on both platforms. Keep in mind that the Steam release won't be open to cross-play with the Windows Store and Xbox versions, keeping multiplayer partially segmented. Still, if you're down for grabbing Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, it can be had for a cool $20 at each sto...
Strategy and simulator games are wildly popular on PC, and they're starting to creep up in popularity on Xbox One, too.
Typically, strategy games fare better with a mouse-and-keyboard control scheme, but more and more developers are finding new and innovative ways to make more complex games play well with controllers.
Whether your desire is to command huge armies of space marines against roaming aliens, or build your own city from scratch, Xbox should have you covered.
Here are our picks for the best strategy and simulation games on Xbox One.
Halo Wars 2
Halo Wars 2 is easily the best real-time strategy game on Xbox One, if for no reason other than the under-representation available on the console.
Creating intuitive control schemes for strategy games on console isn't always easy, but Halo Wars is one of the few games that gets it perfectly right.
With a rich story campaign, complete with some of the best characters the franchise has ever seen, Halo Wars 2 should be at the...
Crawl is an action-RPG for Xbox One and PC with innovative local multiplayer features.
One player is a human adventurer, and the others control the bad guys. When the human dies, the player who scored the kill takes over. This multiplayer competition adds a whole new dynamic to the dungeon crawling experience.
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Although Crawl is a local multiplayer-focused game, it also supports single-player and begins with a solo tutorial. An extended version of the introduction plays during the tutorial, but every game begins with a short one (brief but annoyingly unskippable), as well. Both are creepily narrated by Adrian Vaughan, who establishes a dark mood for things to come.
In short, a party of adventurers has delved into a dungeon and performed some arcane ritual. This drives them temporarily mad, H.P. Lovecraft-style. Whether you have two, three, or four players or bots, all of you fight to the death during this first scene. Only one player can ...
There aren't many management games on Xbox One, due to the lack of mouse support. Cities: Skylines completely sidesteps this issue, delivering the best city management game in a generation.
Management games, such as SimCity, Theme Park, or Planet Coaster, are often very complex. Not only are you micro-managing the game itself, but also the various overlapping menus that govern the game. As such, the preferred input method has, historically, been mouse and keyboard.
Cities: Skylines has proven that controllers can be a worthy input method for this type of game.
Most of us already know Cities: Skylines is a tremendous game. It has set the standard for city-building games for years to come, as EA famously flubbed SimCity's 2013 version, forcing users to participate in an awful online experience that would go on to kill the franchise almost entirely.
Regardless of Cities: Skylines' success on PC, that doesn't necessarily mean it would be great on Xbox One. Those huge, spraw...
It's a great month for 3D platformers on Xbox One.
First came the superlative Yooka-Laylee, and now the original Xbox classic Voodoo Vince is back as an Xbox Play Anywhere title. Voodoo Vince Remastered is a charming platformer that can now be enjoyed by a whole new generation.
As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, anyone who buys either the Xbox One or Windows 10 version of Voodoo Vince Remastered will get the other version for free. You can save your progress, and Achievements transfer between both versions, as well.
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An Xbox classic reborn
Voodoo Vince first arrived on the original Xbox way back in 2003 during the last days of the 3D platforming craze. It was created by Clayton Kauzlaric, who is now Creative Director at Microsoft Studios Global Publishing. Reportedly, the game's use of custom code prevented it from being emulated on the Xbox 360.
Fourteen years later, Clayton and his team (the largely defunct Beep Industries) have finally brought Vood...
May's free Xbox Games with Gold lineup has been revealed, and there's plenty to like — especially if you're partial to Star Wars or Tomb Raider. All told, May will offer more than $74 worth of games and 4000 gamerscore.
If you're playing on Xbox One, you can look forward to picking up Giana Sisters: Twister Dreams — Director's Cut for the whole month of May. Meanwhile, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will go free from May 16 through June 15.
On the Xbox 360 side of things, you can get your hands on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II from May 1 through May 15. Starting on May 16, you can then grab Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga through May 31. As usual, you'll be able to play the free Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One via backward compatibility.
If you're an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you can look forward to grabbing these games starting at the beginning of the month. For now, April's final games, The Walking Dead: Season 2 and Assassin's Creed Revelations, are still up...
What once was only a rumor is now confirmed: Call of Duty is going back to World War II. The official Call of Duty Twitter account confirmed the next release's setting today, teasing the title ahead of a full reveal live stream on April 26.
WWII confirmed. Watch the worldwide reveal of #CODWWII on 4/26 at 10AM PDT/1PM EDT: https://t.co/JtAxQQV4zN pic.twitter.com/culgG1ZQmz— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) April 21, 2017
This marks the Call of Duty franchise's first move back to a World War II setting since 2008, lining up with comments made during an Activision earnings call earlier this year in which the company confirmed the series would be going "back to its roots" in 2017. This year's Call of Duty will be handled by Sledgehammer Games, whose last Call of Duty title was 2014's Advanced Warfare.
Given the tepid reaction to the futuristic combat of 2016's Infinite Warfare, a return to World War II could prove successful for the franchise. In any case, we'll know much more about the t...
If you're playing Call of Duty on Xbox One right now, you should be playing Black Ops 2.
Let me start by saying that I play, and enjoy, the new Call of Duty games. I don't subscribe to the "OMG, jetpacks are so bad" mindset. I liked Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 3, and now Infinite Warfare.
But there's one game a large number of Xbox One fans have been shouting for: Black Ops 2 on backward compatibility.
Now it's here, and you should be playing it. Here's why
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Good games stay good games, and nothing can really change that (unless a developer outright breaks it). Black Ops 2 was adored by the Call of Duty community, and it still is to this day. Fans and professional players alike continue to remember the glory days of Black Ops 2. Many still call it the last great Call of Duty game. Opinions on that will differ but it doesn't change how well the game has aged. Graphics aside, it still feels fresh, fast and ultimately, fun.
And of course, if you played...
Just over three years after it was first launched to help indy developers publish their games, Microsoft's ID@Xbox program has crossed a pretty significant milestone: more than 500 games shipped. That includes not only games released for Xbox One, but those launched on Windows 10 as well.
In a celebration post on the Xbox Wire blog, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla took the opportunity to thank developers and fans who have helped the program reach this milestone:
A sincere thanks to all the developers and fans who have helped ID@Xbox reach this milestone. Every time I look at the games that have shipped, and the forthcoming titles coming through the program, I'm reminded that we're really in a golden age for independent games — and the art form of games in general — and it feels great to be a part of helping those games come to Windows 10 and the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio later this year.
Over the years, some notable hits have made their way to ...
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom — traditional combat mechanics meets RPG rampaging in this colorful indie offering.
It's been a really long time since I've played an RPG like this on Xbox One. When I want to play games like Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom, I'd often go to Nintendo because they have the market covered for JRPG-style games, and they don't usually come to Xbox.
This little indie game comes with a big JRPG flavor, from the mechanics to presentation and characters. It has many hallmarks of the RPG genre you'll realize you've missed over the last few years.
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is set in a world that has literally been torn apart by war. All of the races lived peacefully until the Shi began to fade, causing civil wars, and fracturing the planet.
Now, each 'meteora' has become its own self-contained civilization, drifting a short distance from one another. The adventure begins when two young Waki adventurous crash-land their new airship on one of these nei...
Every weekend, Windows Central livestreams an Xbox One or Steam game for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers! We call this show Saturday Game School, because learning about new games is always fun.
Tonight at 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT) on Beam, we'll be playing Neverwinter: The Cloaked Ascendancy, the latest expansion of the free Dungeons & Dragons MMO from Perfect World. We're also giving out 50 exclusive unicorn mounts for Xbox One and PlayStation 4! Read on for quick impressions and contest details.
Just follow us at Beam.pro/WindowsCentral, enable email notifications, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. After the stream ends, be sure to check back for the YouTube replay video and contest winners.
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Finally, custom "gamerpics" are here, for the first time in Xbox Live's history.
Available to users on Xbox One and the Windows 10 app, you can now take any picture and stick it up on Xbox Live for all to see. Of course, standard community guidelines apply (and Microsoft's system approves pictures before they go live), but for the first time, you're able to express yourself without custom avatar poses or pre-set pictures.
Here's how you can set up your own Xbox gamerpic, on both Xbox One and Windows 10.
Note: As of writing, the Xbox One method is restricted to Xbox Insiders on the Alpha ring.
Create a custom Xbox gamerpic on your Xbox One
Create a custom Xbox gamerpic using Windows 10
How to create a custom Xbox gamerpic on your Xbox One
Open the guide menu by pressing the Xbox button on your controller.
Move the joystick up to the profile selection at the top. (Pictured below.)
Use the "A" button to select My profile.
Use the joystick and the "A" button to select Custom...