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Escape Dead Island due to release next week | Launch trailer

A third-person shooter set in the Dead Island universe is coming to both PC and previous gen (Xbox 360, PS3) consoles next week.

Fatshark, developer of Escape Dead Island, is describing their new game as a survival-mystery game, and the style looks to deviate quite a bit from the original games in the series.

Fatshark adds it's own art-style and creative take on the Dead Island universe in Escape Dead Island.
Fatshark adds it’s own art-style and creative take on the Dead Island universe in Escape Dead Island.

While the setting remains, Fatshark has taken their own liberties with creating an entirely new experience under the Dead Island name. The single-player focused game encourages players to mix both the typical action style of combat and a more reserved stealthy approach throughout the story.

The game takes place between the event of Dead Island 1 and Dead Island 2. Players will learn the origins of the outbreak and a greater understanding of the Dead Island universe.

Escape Dead Island releases this Tuesday (11/18/14) on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 for $39.99.

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Xbox sales improve 102% in Q1

A slide from Microsoft's earnings call suggests more apps to come to the Xbox One.
A slide from Microsoft’s earnings call suggests more apps to come to the Xbox One.

Microsoft’s investor reports showcased a 102% increase in  Xbox sales in 2014 as the Xbox One expands to 28 new markets around the globe.

2.4 million consoles were sold, split between both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. While the details of which console is the greater portion of that increase, the expansion of the Xbox One’s availability is likely a major reason behind the jump in sales.

Microsoft’s entire sales report showed positive results in all categories, with Devices and Consumer revenue growing 47% to $10.96 billion.

Microsoft’s success of products like the Microsft Surface and Windows Phones, and their expected interconnection with the future release of Windows 10, is good news for the Xbox One.

More apps and features of all devices will cross between each other and help the Xbox Store’s library expand in the applications department.

Full details within the official release
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Halo: Reach now free on Xbox Live

Halo: Reach was Bungie's last game before turning the franchise over to 343i.
Halo: Reach was Bungie’s last game before turning the franchise over to 343i.

The story of Noble Six and “the rookie” is now available for free on the Xbox 360 for Xbox Live Gold members.

It’s been four years since the release of Halo: Reach and Bungie’s last take on the Halo universe, and Microsoft is giving all Xbox 360 owners who have elected to forgo picking up the title a very good reason to try it out now with their September Games with Gold promotion.

Reach was the first of the Halo series to truly open up character customization where your own stylized player takes center-stage in both the single player campaign and the multiplayer.

For those not familiar with the Halo franchise, this will be a good time to pick up the FPS as Halo: Reach is one of the only Halo’s (besides Halo 3: ODST and Halo Wars) that diverts from the core story of Master Chief, a super solider “Spartan”, and Cortana, his artificial-intelligence assistant. For those interested in following the story of Spartan 117, The Master Chief Collection will be releasing in two months (November 11th) and will be covering all of Masterchief and Cortana’s story.

Check out Halo: Reach on the Xbox Live marketplace on the Xbox 360 or head on over to marketplace.xbox.com to download the game instantly to your console.

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Free digital upgrade for Destiny available for previous gen purchases

Bungie and Activision look to be on pace for one of the most successful games in gaming history.
Bungie and Activision look to be on pace for one of the most successful games in gaming history.

For those that are still holding off purchasing either the Xbox One or Playstation 4, Bungie is giving fans an opportunity to easily transfer over their Destiny experience to the new generation.

While some gamers are still holding on to their Xbox 360s or Playstation 3s, they’ll now be able to bring at least one game with them over to the new consoles. Bungie will be giving all buyers of the digital version of Destiny on the Xbox 360 or PS3 the ability to upgrade their game to the new generation for a limited time.

Whether you buy just the base game, the limited edition, or the Ghost edition, you’ll be given the same rendition when you upgrade while all your in-game possessions, stats, and character progression completely transfer over as well.

Even after you transfer to the new console, you’ll still be able to play your game on the previous gen console with no draw-backs.

Bungie and Activision are preparing for a massive blockbuster with Destiny, and their incredible popularity gives them the ability to give fans what is essentially two copies of the game next week as the game releases (September 9th).

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Is Gears of War deserving of a next-gen collection-style reboot?

Gears of War has fallen behind since the excitement of its last release
Gears of War has fallen behind since the excitement of its last release

Gears of War has been one of the cornerstone franchises for the Xbox 360, and while many fans are looking forward to the next installment of the franchise a question the Gears of War developer, Black Tusk Studios, must ask themselves how to re-invigorate the series. Could 343i’s Masterchief Collection prove to be the perfect course of action for their own next-gen game?

As 343 Industries preps the next-gen of Halo players for the continuation of the Halo universe, Gears of War has lost quite a bit of traction since their main installment of the franchise.

Releasing a combined collection of Gears of Wars 1-3 could prove vital to the continued success of the IP and 343 Industries has provided the perfect blue-prints to follow.

After re-playing the original Gears of War the game has surprisingly aged substantially. Very surprising considering the awe gamers were in among its initial release. An update to the graphics of the game, while maintaining the core game-play mechanics would be the best course of action to help fans fall in love with the story again.

Adding in every DLC map-pack, an intuitive combination of all multiplayer experiences together, and a beta invite to Gears of War 4 would be a perfect update to the franchise.