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Revenge of the Chris! (Teaser) | The PA Podcast Episode 3

Episode 3

Revenge of the Chris! Episode 3 of The Platinum Achievement Podcast brings the most action yet with six co-hosts sharing the spotlight including a special guest — one of the top PlayStation trophy collectors in the world, Michael Simmons (@RoughDawg4). Listen in for our thoughts on the recent E3 2015 reveals and some of RoughDawg’s thoughts on trophy/achievement hunting.

Co-hosts:
Antonio Guillen (Chicago, US) – @BluBlud02
Matthew Kiel (Philadelphia, US) – @Infinite_Rewind
Brian Spagnoli (NYC, US) – @Zombiexsp
Imran Haji (Leicester, UK) – @Imranius
Chris Har (Beirut, Lebanon) – @Taporian

(Episode 3 releases 6/24/2015)

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The Platinum Achievement Podcast | Episode 2

Episode 2

We’ve found Brian! Episode 2 of the The Platinum Achievement Podcast introduces your fifth co-host and includes an extensive discussion of virtual reality amid the recent Oculus Rift news. Also hear our thoughts on our potential game of the year candidates and what it’s like talking video games with non-gamers.

(YouTube / MP3)

Check out more episodes here!

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Xbox One E3 2015 games recap | Halo 5, Mass Effect Andromeda, Gears of War, and more

“Boom”

That’s all Larry Hryb had to say to those watching the press conference when Microsoft unveiled a complete surprise announcement that will likely bode extremely well for them in encouraging Xbox 360 gamers to jump to Xbox One. Backwards compatibility was announced earlier today at their E3 briefing, and the reception has been almost universally positive.

Though the ability to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One marked the biggest news of the day, there was so many incredible games and more from their showing to give gamers ample reason to be excited for this holiday season and beyond.

Here is a collection of all the games shown at Xbox One’s E3 2015 briefing:

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Phil Spencer has reiterated time and time again of the importance of video games as the primary focus of the console and Xbox’s E3 showed some great returning IPs and notable new ones as well.

Halo 5: Guardians

While we’ve already got to see a bit of the multiplayer gameplay in the past Microsoft showcased some small information about the story’s direction and what playing in the recently revealed squad system that Halo 5 will introduce.

ReCore

Not much is known so far about this new IP and Xbox exclusive, but it has peaked the interested of some Xbox One owners and with good reason. The CGI trailer was done very well and with developers from Metroid Prime and the creator of the Lost Planet and Dead Rising games, Keiji Inafune, the game looks promising. Players will take on the role of one of the last remaining humans and work to “forge friendships with courageous robot companions and lead them on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world.”

No release date announced.

Gears of War 4

Outside of Halo, Gears of War may be the most treasured exclusive franchise and a new sage begins on the Xbox One. A Gears of War 4 gameplay trailer shows some new faces — as well as some new enemies, but the iconic factors of the franchise are still prevalent with the Lancer Assault Rifle and its accompanying chainsaw as well as the same dark tone of the gameplay. While the game doesn’t release until the holiday season in 2016, fans can get their Gears of War fix with a beta of available now on Xbox One!

Mass Effect: Andromeda

As the original Mass Effect is now brought to the Xbox One with the backwards compatibility feature now available on the new generation console, gamers who’ve never played the Mass Effect can get a taste of the series and build some excitement for the next installment in the franchise game. The trailer displays some of the world environments that players can look forward when it releases in Q4 2016.

Forza Motorsport 6

While a bit of Forza Motorsport 6 was leaked by the Japanese Xbox.com page, the new night racing and weather effects change give players some new experiences on top of the staple racing game of the Xbox platform. New 24 player online racing and some improved collision effects are also to come when it releases September 15.

The Division

While Tom Clancy’s The Division won’t be an Xbox One exclusive, this third-person shooter will be coming to Xbox One first as a free beta. Sign up here.

Gigantic

This highly stylized arena combat game from Microsoft with “freedom of movement, play-style choice, and towering Guardians makes 5×5 competition more accessible and fun than ever.”

Fable Legends

Fable started as an incredible franchise on the original Xbox and with the first two games receiving great praise, the series has struggled to reach same level of prestige as the first two. Fable Legends looks to change that with an emphasis on co-op play with a group of four players working together to survive and flourish in Albion later this year.

Id@Xbox Games

Microsoft’s desire for a greater indie library on their new generation console is coming to fruition with a plethora of new games ranging a vast assortment of genres and styles will give the Xbox One library a wonderful boost in it’s overall quality.


 

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Xbox One E3 2015 | Xbox Elite Controller announced; button remapping, customizable parts

With the love the Xbox 360 has almost always been benefited to, it’s incredible that Microsoft continues to push the boundaries with their almost universally loved design. The Xbox One controller offered some minor improvements as well, but now Microsoft has unveiled a new groundbreaking controller that offers a vast array of advantages.

A new conversed D-pad, improved triggers with hair-trigger capability, additional paddle buttons, and complete customization options to swap in and out the components that you like most. Everything including the joysticks can be replaced with different components to give players the experience adhered to how they play and what they prefer.

These additions make the controller resemble something more closely to the work done by custom controller company Scuf.

While the core design stays the same these improvements make the Xbox One Elite controller a truly new generation controller and will likely follow in the Xbox 360 controller’s footsteps as one of the most popular gamepads for PC gaming as well.

The Xbox One Elite Controller will soon be available for pre order for $150.

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Xbox One E3 2015 | Backwards compatibility announced!

And it gets better.

Following Bethesda’s E3 conference from yesterday, Microsoft made waves at E3 with a series of fantastic announcements and reveals — but nothing was more remarkable than the new backwards compatibility that was announced.

Almost all games downloaded to your Xbox 360 console can now come straight over to your Xbox One console. There will be no additional cost to gamers — “we won’t charge you to play your games” and all saved data, add-ons, and achievements will remain when you play it on the Xbox One.

Another surprising aspect of the news is that each game will remain fully functional online. Multiplayer will work just as it would on the 360 console itself.

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Enjoy the advanced features of your Xbox One like Game DVR, Screenshots and Windows 10 streaming.

This feature will begin rolling out to the public this holiday season, but Xbox Preview members can check it out right now with a limited selection.

While not all games are included from the start during this holiday season, the vast majority will be and the rest will slowly be ported over time. Mass Effect, Halo: Reach, Perfect Dark Zero, and so many other favorite games from the previous generation will now be available on the Xbox One.

The attitude of the announcement was very confident as they took some fairly evident shots at the PlayStation 4’s streaming service which allows gamers to play previous games for $3 per five hours. Though the confidence that Microsoft spoke with was with good reason.

For all Xbox 360 owners that were on the fence this is a major swaying factor for them to turn to the Xbox One with their current games remaining playable on the console.

Combining this with the new $125 price tag that gamers can get when turning in their Xbox 360 or PS3, Phil Spencer and Microsoft has steadied the Xbox One in the gaming ecosystem and is poised to take a massive demographic to their new generation console.

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Halo 5 to include 15 free maps in DLC; no Gold required for online co-op play

In a major move to continue their work building a better relationship, developers of Halo 5, 343 Industries has elected to include 15 free multiplayer maps as DLC on top of the 20 maps included in the game’s launch. In addition, 343i will not require Xbox Live Gold for players to play online co-op. This is a major move for both 343 and Microsoft to help the Halo fanbase continue flourishing.

The information comes from the most recent Gameinformer digital release that included a detailed breakdown of some new information and things to expect from Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference on June 16.

Also noted is the reveal of a new multiplayer mode at E3. This mode will include “all aspects of the Halo sandbox.” It has been in development for years prior to this reveal and it is likely to be a major keynote of Microsoft and 343 Industries multiplayer presentation.

Some notable changes to the classic Halo gameplay formula to come from 343i
Some notable changes to the classic Halo gameplay formula to come from 343i

Halo 5 promises to bring back a greater arena style feel with gamers getting a taste of some close-quarters combat in the game when the beta released back in late December to mid January. However, this news suggests that the grand fire-fights that many fans of the series love will still be just as present as ever.

Outside of the online player vs player multiplayer, the co-op experience looks rejuvenated as well with the ability to jump into a co-op campaign or drop-out without interrupting the game. This ties in to new information showing that both Master Chief and Spartan Locke will always be accompanied by a team of 3 A.I. partners.

Halo 5 is due to release October 27, 2015 on Xbox One and will retail at $59.99. More information will come at E3 2015 June 16-18.