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Bungie transitions Halo to 343, shares stats

Bungie transitions Halo to 343, shares stats

Last summer, Bungie began the monumental task of transferring all its data management on the Halo series over to new developer 343 Industries. That process is finally complete, but in one last tribute to the franchise, Bungie unveiled a massive graphic of multiplayer statistics showing just how much data had been stored, and how popular the games were.

Read more: Game stats, player records, and more »

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Dungeon Fighter Live trailer reveals XBLA-bound title in action

Dungeon Fighter Live trailer reveals XBLA-bound title in action

The first trailer for the Xbox Live Arcade version of Dungeon Fighter Online has been released. The game, which has been renamed Dungeon Fighter Live: Fall of Hendon Myre by new publisher Microsoft Studios, is scheduled to arrive "later this year."

Dungeon Fighters Live is based on the popular PC version of the game, simply titled Dungeon Fighter Online, which first launched in Korea in 2005 and eventually in North America five years later.

"Dungeon Fighter LIVE: Fall of Hendon Myre will provide the same familiar control system as the original game, but will be playable at 720P resolution," a press release detailed.

Watch: The XBLA version of Dungeon Fighter in action »

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Haunt for Kinect priced and dated

Haunt for Kinect priced and dated

The cartoon-spooky Kinect game Haunt will be coming to Xbox Live Arcade next week, January 18, for $10 (800 MSP). The first-person haunted house game was tentatively due in 2011, though no concrete date was set, but it slipped into this year.

Read more: Parappa developer works with Tim Schafer »

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Haunt developers inspired by Tim Schafer's GDC speech

Haunt developers inspired by Tim Schafer's GDC speech

Haunt, the next game from PaRappa creator Masaya Matsuura, will feature a cameo from another studio head with a big personality: Double Fine's Tim Schafer. Matsuura and producer Dewi Tanner talked in an interview about bringing him on-board for the game.

Read more: 'Tim has that kind of passe humor, which really comes out well' »

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Rumor: Ryse now planned for next-gen Xbox

Rumor: Ryse now planned for next-gen Xbox

Ryse, Crytek's Kinect-powered first-person melee combat game set in ancient Rome, may be headed to Microsoft's next-gen console (whatever that may be). A former senior level designer at Crytek has indicated as much on her LinkedIn profile.

Read more: Next-generation plans for Ryse? »

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Joe Danger makes XBLA debut Dec. 14

Joe Danger makes XBLA debut Dec. 14

The upgraded, Xbox Live Arcade-exclusive Joe Danger: Special Edition from developer Hello Games is launching on December 14 for 1200 MS Points ($15 USD).

While the game was originally a Sony-published exclusive for the PlayStation Network, Microsft will help release the XBLA-only game that includes 50 new levels in the Laboratory, new challenges, modes, and unlockable characters.

Watch: Joe Danger's 'Special Edition' announcement trailer »

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Forza 4's next DLC pack adds ten vehicles, launches Dec. 6

Forza 4's next DLC pack adds ten vehicles, launches Dec. 6

Developer Turn 10 and publisher Microsoft have revealed a new downloadable content package for its simulation racer Forza Motorsport 4. The December DLC package is sponsored by the editorial site IGN and includes ten new vehicles. The content will be available on December 6.

Though the content is sponsored, it won't be offered for free. Gamers that have purchased the $30 Forza 4 "Season Pass" will get the DLC free, otherwise it is priced at 560 MS Points ($7).

Read more: List of DLC vehicles »

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Field Report: Halo Anniversary

Field Report: Halo Anniversary

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary straddles the line between preservation and reinvention, and does so with awkward balance. As promised, the game is a nostalgic look at the original game with a slick coat of paint placed atop the original engine. But, something is lost in translation. The peril I felt throughout the original campaign has dissipated. Maybe it's the game's aggressive visual makeover? Or maybe it's because I've seen the beginning and end of this story, I'm not as engrossed as I once was.

Perhaps it's something else. After all, nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Read more: From Tim Burton's Batman to Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever »

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Forza Motorsport 4 review

Forza Motorsport 4 review

Microsoft continues its battle for the checkered flag with Forza 4, poised to assert its claim as the king of the driving simulator hill once and for all against a growing market of steep competition.

It's been a titanic struggle, and Forza 4 comes out convincingly flexing its technical muscles. Speed is never compromised. No matter how fast, no matter how detailed the environments, the action flows across the screen in a steady stream. It's the constant which, together with the game's well-tuned controls, allows racing fans to lay down just the right line to take a car through a corner on the very edge of grip.

Read more: Forza Motorsport 4 review »

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Gears of War 3 interview with Cliff Bleszinski

Gears of War 3 interview with Cliff Bleszinski

"It's bittersweet," Cliff Bleszinski tells me when I ask him about the current trilogy in the Gears of War series coming to an end. The game designer has been at the helm of the franchise since its inception in 2006.

Last week, Microsoft held a Gears of War 3 review event in San Francisco where journalists were invited to play the game's multiple multiplayer modes online with and against each other. During this event, I spoke with Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski about the last game in the current trilogy.

Jump in to read snippets from the interview and watch a longer cut of the interview, edited over fresh footage captured during my time playing the game for review.

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"I like Gears and Gears 3 is the best of the trio. Also, Bulletstorm was fun and Epic didn't make ..."
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Gears of War 3 review

Gears of War 3 review

Gears of War 3 does something that few video game franchises have the confidence to do: it provides total closure, without teasing something for the future. There is little doubt that the Gears of War franchise will continue beyond the stories of Marcus Fenix and Co., but developer Epic Games isn't relying on cheap narrative tricks to continue the franchise. There's a level of confidence evident throughout the entire Gears of War 3 package that I wish more developers would employ.

It feels like Epic Games poured everything they could into one package, making sure each element was as high in quality as the last. There is no filler. Gears 3 is a product that is built to last, and it's the best action title on Xbox 360.

Read more: Gears of War 3 review »

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Diabolical Pitch is Grasshopper's Kinect baseball game

Diabolical Pitch is Grasshopper's Kinect baseball game

The mysterious Kinect game from Suda51's studio Grasshopper Manufacture now has an official name: Diabolical Pitch. The official name for the project formerly known as Codename D was revealed today at the Tokyo Game Show. Like most Suda games, the title makes a crazy kind of sense, as the game revolves around throwing baseballs at creepy animal mascots. We call this brand of strange logic "Suda-sense."

Read more: 2-player support coming »

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Halo Anniversary Terminals change location, offer more info on different difficulties

Halo Anniversary Terminals change location, offer more info on different difficulties

Though the upcoming Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary release is meant to add modern visuals to the classic 2001 original Xbox release, the game includes a number of new additions.

Chief among those are hidden 'Terminals,' which expand the Halo lore and offer a tease at 343 Industries' Halo 4. In an interview with 343's Frank O'Connor, he told Shacknews that Terminals in Anniversary change based on the game's difficulty.

Read more: Unlock the secrets of Halo 4 »

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Halo 4's Warthog appearing in Forza 4

Halo 4's Warthog appearing in Forza 4

During PAX 2011 'Day Zero,' Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt revealed a surprise addition to Forza 4's "Auto Vista" mode: Halo's famous Warthog.

Perhaps even bigger is the news that the Warthog model in Forza 4 is actually the version of the vehicle that will appear in Halo 4.

Read more: How to unlock it and can you drive it? »

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Age of Empires Online will use Season Pass

Age of Empires Online will use Season Pass

[Update: 8/17] We have corrections to issue regarding this story. The $99.99 Season Pass includes all of the content for the first six months, which amounts to 30% off the regular price if purchased separately. Also, development of Age of Empires Online has been taken over by Gas Powered Games. Shacknews regrets the errors.

[Original Story] Age of Empires Online will support a Season Pass system for premium content discounts, Microsoft announced at Gamescom today. The discounts only last for a limited time, though, so it probably won't see you all the way through the lifespan of the free-to-play strategy title.

Read more: Season Pass cost and time-table »

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