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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood preview: a gorgeous send-off for Xbox 360

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood preview: a gorgeous send-off for Xbox 360

Microsoft's acquisition of developer Press Play seemed a bit odd at the time. Why would Redmond want the developer of a former Wii exclusive to make a sequel-of-sorts exclusively for Xbox platforms? We're not entirely sure the answer, but it's clear that the team has a lot of talent.

My time with the upcoming Max: The Curse of Brotherhood for Xbox 360 and Xbox One featured gorgeous graphics, intelligent physics-based puzzles, and most surprising of all, worked great using a controller.

Read more: Satisfying puzzles »

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Soulcalibur 2 HD Online includes both Heihachi and Spawn

Soulcalibur 2 HD Online includes both Heihachi and Spawn

Soulcalibur 2 took advantage of the console wars by giving Gamecube, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 players different exclusive characters. So, what characters will the upcoming HD remake for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network feature? Apparently, both Spawn and Heihachi will be available in the arcade re-release--regardless of which platform you play on.

"Originally exclusive guest characters for their respective platforms when the game was originally released in 2003, this will be the first time the two characters will be playable together on the same console," Namco Bandai points out in the announcement.

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Midnight City is a new indie publishing label, signs ten games

Midnight City is a new indie publishing label, signs ten games

Majesco knows that all the cool kids these days want indie games. That's why it's launching a new publishing label focused entirely on signing indie games. Midnight City aims to distribute games on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and PC--and it already has ten games in tow. Helming the newly-formed publisher are former IGN EIC Casey Lynch and former Reverb Publishing CEO Doug Kennedy.

Midnight City's ten games will make their debut at PAX Prime this weekend, including Slender: The Arrival, described as "the official continuation of the series." Here's the entire list, from the horse's mouth:

Read more: The ten games »

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The Wolf Among Us season begins early October, spans five episodes

The Wolf Among Us season begins early October, spans five episodes

Telltale Games' next series shares a lot in common with its Game of the Year-winning adaptation of The Walking Dead. The Wolf Among Us is based on the popular Fables series by Bill Willingham, and stars Bibgy--the Big Bad Wolf himself. Set before the events of the comic, the first season has you investigating the mysterious death of a Fable.

Read more: Monthly releases starting this October »

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Telltale's The Wolf Among Us: the debut gameplay trailer

Telltale's The Wolf Among Us: the debut gameplay trailer

The next game from The Walking Dead developer Telltale is The Wolf Among Us--a new interactive adventure based on Bill Willingham's Fables series. The episodic narrative stars Bigby, aka the Big Bad Wolf, trying to keep characters from the world of fairytales hidden from human eyes.

Telltale promises to offer players even more choice in this adventure, which you can now see in its first trailer.

Watch: The Big Bad Wolf strikes »

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Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ adds four new courses, coming September

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ adds four new courses, coming September

You may have missed it during the hubbub of E3, but Namco Bandai announced a "Plus" version of its excellent arcade revamp, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX. A new patch will update the console versions to support "improved leaderboard functionality, in-game achievements, and medals." But the biggest draw of Plus is additional content you'll be able to buy as DLC.

Read more: Four tracks, three skins, two songs »

"nice, played championship, but skipped DX. looking forward to this!"
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Mark of the Ninja 'Special Edition' DLC out August 16

Mark of the Ninja 'Special Edition' DLC out August 16

It's been a long time since Mark of the Ninja dev Klei Entertainment announced its "Special Edition" DLC. The $5 add-on adds a new flashback level and new items to play around with. The DLC also includes a developer commentary track that promises "at least two history lessons" worth of content.

Watch: The Special Edition trailer »

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Dev claims self-publishing coming to Xbox 360 as well

Dev claims self-publishing coming to Xbox 360 as well

It appears The New Microsoft--the one that loves indies and self-publishing--plans on introducing self-publishing not only on Xbox One, but Xbox 360 as well. Previously, Microsoft required all developers to have a publisher, whether a third-party or Microsoft Games Studio, in order to publish content on Xbox Live. That requirement will be lifted when Xbox One launches. However, FarSight Studios is claiming that self-publishing is coming to Xbox 360 as well.

Read more: Pinball Arcade coming back to Xbox 360 this summer »

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XBLA 'Action Bundle' includes Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, Islands of Wakfu

XBLA 'Action Bundle' includes Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, Islands of Wakfu

Microsoft has bundled another four Xbox Live Arcade games to offer them on the cheap. The new "Action Packed Bundle" includes The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, Dungeon Fighter Live, Islands of Wakfu, and Unbound Saga.

Read more: $20 for the set, $45 individually »

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Soulcalibur 2 HD Online announced

Soulcalibur 2 HD Online announced

Namco Bandai has announced Soulcalibur 2 HD Online, an HD remake of the classic fighter. Word out of Comic-Con pegs it as a remake of the PS2 version of the game, which included Heihachi as a guest fighter. It will be available on PS3 and Xbox 360 later this year.

The HD Online version introduces new netcode overseen by Project Soul. It will also include all the modes of the original release: Arcade, Survival, VS Battle, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice and Weapon Master.

Watch: Voldo in HD »

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Runner2's Good Friends DLC adds Psychonauts and Cave Story characters

Runner2's Good Friends DLC adds Psychonauts and Cave Story characters

Bouncing around the luscious world of Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is far too fun for anyone to do alone. That's why Commander Video is calling in some well-known friends from across the indie gaming realm to get in on the action. Gaijin Games has announced the Good Friends Character Pack DLC which will bring in seven new playable characters, beginning with Raz from Psychonauts and Quote from Cave Story.

Read more: Five more characters coming »

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Report: Gore Verbinski's Matter was 'similar to Journey' and inspired by The Shining

Report: Gore Verbinski's Matter was 'similar to Journey' and inspired by The Shining

In 2011, Microsoft had announced a surprising deal with filmmaker Gore Verbinski, best known for his work on The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. His Blind Wink Games studio announced an odd Kinect title named Matter, which was quietly canceled after making a mysterious E3 debut.

The game would have had you playing as a sphere nicknamed "Adam." Players would explore "Cube City" and solve environmental puzzles and gain power-ups that would let Adam fly, weigh more, and attack enemies.

Read more: Playing psychological tricks »

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Summer of Arcade dates and prices revealed

Summer of Arcade dates and prices revealed

Microsoft has outlined the dates and prices for its upcoming Summer of Arcade. This year's line-up, which as we've noted only includes one exclusive, will begin in August.

Read more: Bonus for Ascend: Hand of Kul »

"Did you play the original? The remake looks so boring compared to it."
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The Walking Dead: 400 Days comes out tomorrow

The Walking Dead: 400 Days comes out tomorrow

400 Days, the new add-on chapter to The Walking Dead's first season, will be available very soon. How soon? Tomorrow, in fact.

Read more: First on PS3, last on iOS »

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Xbox Games with Gold continues with Defense Grid

Xbox Games with Gold continues with Defense Grid

Like PlayStation Plus, Xbox Live Gold now offers subscribers free games. Last month, gamers were able to get Fable 3 gratis. What's on tap for this month?

While Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed 2 were originally promised, it appears Microsoft has pivoted a bit with today's release. According to Major Nelson, today's free game is Defense Grid: The Awakening. Normally 800 Microsoft Points ($10), the game will be free until July 15th.

Read more: But what happened to Halo 3 and AC2? »

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