Articles by Paul Acevedo

Spartacus Legends for Xbox 360
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 01, 2013

Last month at E3, Microsoft and Wargaming.net announced World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition as the next free to play in development for Xbox Live Arcade. Both World of Tanks and Ascend: Hand of Kul (which also has a Windows Phone companion game...

Samuel Blanchard Windows Phone emulator developer
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 30, 2013

With the scarcity of certain types of games on Windows Phone, many players turn to emulators to get their fix. Emulators allow us to play titles designed for older videogame consoles on our phones. Download an emulator and you’ll have access to hundreds of classic games...

Fez XBLA Microsoft drops update fees
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 28, 2013

If you follow our Xbox Windows Phone editorial coverage, then you know I’ve often been critical of the Xbox certification process. Microsoft created a set of certification policies back in the Xbox 360’s early years that were intended to ensure the highest quality game...

Monster Burner Windows Phone update
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 28, 2013

Sometimes when the Xbox Windows Phone title updates rain, they pour. Today is one of those days, as three games from three different publishers just received the update treatment: Ubisoft’s Monster Burner, Halfbrick’s Jetpack Joyride, and Rovio’s ...

Wired two page Lumia 925 ad
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 28, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 925 is set to become T-Mobile’s flagship Windows Phone 8 device very soon. In fact, all signs point to July 17 as the device’s American release date. That’s great news for T-Mobile customers who require a little more hardware power than the value-priced...

Windows Phone Red Stripe Deals Gerbil Physics
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 27, 2013

With no new Xbox game release yesterday, it’s up to the Xbox Red Stripe Deal of the Week to keep players busy. Luckily it’s a good one, though it did go on sale for the same price back in April. I speak of Gerbil Physics, the cutest physics game in creation, from...

Monopoly Millionaire for Windows Phone 8
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Jun 27, 2013

This week we take an in-depth look at Monopoly Millionaire from Nokia and Electronic Arts. Millionaire enjoys the distinction of being the first Nokia-published Xbox game to require Windows Phone 8 (Mass Effect: Inflitrator is the second). It...

No new Xbox Windows Phone game
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 26, 2013

Earlier this year, Windows Phone experienced an extended Xbox game release drought that actually began at the end of 2012. As the weeks stretched on, we became increasingly worried about the future of Xbox games on Windows Phone. The severity of the drought prompted me...

MOGA Pro Controller Drift Mania Championship 2
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 25, 2013

When Microsoft and Power A announced that the MOGA Pro Controller gaming accessory would support Windows Phone during GDC 2013 back in March, serious gamers were understandably excited by the news. Windows Phone 8’s improved Bluetooth accessory support was finally going...

Project Spark for Xbox One, 360, and Windows 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 21, 2013

Here we go folks, our last E3 2013 game preview. And you’d better believe I saved the best for last. Xbox One launch games will let players do lots of exciting things: shoot soldiers in Battlefield 4 and Wolfenstein: The New Order, bust zombies in ...

Eyez for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 21, 2013

Outside of playing the phone version of Halo: Spartan Assault and grabbing an exclusive first look at N.O.V.A. 3, we had a tough time finding Windows Phone games and news at E3 this year. Blame Microsoft’s focus on the Xbox One and the console folks’...

Ascend: Hand of Kul XBLA at E3 2013
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 20, 2013

The big talk at E3 2013 last week was on Xbox One games (and the DRM policy that Microsoft only just repealed yesterday). But the Xbox 360 is still the best-selling console these days and so 360 games weren’t exactly in short supply at the Expo. We’ve already previewed...

Jetpack Joyride for Windows Phone 8
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Jun 19, 2013

Halfbrick Studios supported the launch of Windows Phone 7 with the release of Fruit Ninja and the promise of Age of Zombies. But Fruit Ninja never got content updates (unlike on other platforms) and Age of Zombies never showed up, having caught a...

Amazing Spiderman
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 19, 2013

The Xbox Red Stripe Deal of the Week doesn’t update until Thursday, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a new Xbox Windows Phone deal today. The good folks at Gameloft are running a little sale of their own, with almost every single one of their titles marked down in...

The Elder Scrolls Online
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 18, 2013

Yesterday we previewed Bethesda’s The Evil Within, a gruesomely atmospheric survival horror game coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 in 2014. As it turns out, publishing giant Bethesda has two more titles in store for the Xbox One. In the fourth quarter of this...

Dead Rising 3 E3 display
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 17, 2013

E3 2013 kept us all very busy last week, and this week we still have a few more games to discuss with you. The Xbox One lineup looks like it will cater to fans of a variety of genres – not just first-person shooters. Horror games should be especially well represented....

World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition e3 models
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 14, 2013

Microsoft has historically been less than enthusiastic towards free-to-play Xbox 360 games.  They did allow Japanese developer Toylogic to release Happy Wars (a 15-vs-15 multiplayer action game) last year. But here we are one year later and  hardly any free-to-...

Fairway Solitaire
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 13, 2013

Last year, Windows Phone Central brought you an exclusive interview about a Windows Phone 8 title called Fairway Solitaire from Big Fish Games (and ported by Babaroga). Fairway is actually one of the games that Microsoft used during their Windows Phone...

Peter Orullian of Microsoft at E3 2013
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 13, 2013

Yesterday at E3 2013 we managed to squeeze in an interview with Peter Orullian, Group Product Manager at Microsoft. Peter is a ridiculously accomplished individual. He writes books, sings opera, and somehow finds time to work with Windows Phone, SmartGlass, and Xbox...

Pac-Man Ghostly Adventures E3 models cars
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 12, 2013

Your friendly neighborhood Games Editor is a huge Pac-Man fan; I once called Pac-Man Championship Edition DX one of the five best Xbox Windows Phone games. So naturally I jumped at the chance to meet with Namco Bandai during E3 2013 to discuss this year’s...