Articles by Paul Acevedo

Nike Kinect Training Xbox 360 and Windows Phone App
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Feb 28, 2013

While the Kinect’s suitability for gaming is sometimes a subject of debate, nobody can deny that the Xbox 360’s motion peripheral is perfectly matched for workout games. Of all the consoles, only the Xbox 360 with Kinect can track a user’s entire body positioning with...

Asphalt 7 WIndows Phone 8 multiplayer walkthrough
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 27, 2013

One look at the comments section of our article announcing the release of Asphalt 7: Heat on Windows Phone 8 will tell you that the game is pretty popular. Hey Microsoft, we told you people wanted decent mobile Xbox games!

Ahem. With that gloating out of...

AlphaJax update stat loss
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 27, 2013

AlphaJax is quite the popular Xbox game for Windows Phone. Much of that stems from its relatively smooth asynchronous online play, though the game being free certainly helps. Before AlphaJax graduated to Xbox Live status, it was originally a popular...

Asphalt 7 for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 27, 2013

While Microsoft and its partners haven’t exactly announced a ton of Xbox games for Windows Phone 8 so far, the same can’t be said for Gameloft. Back in October, the mobile game publishing giant announced a whopping 12 games specifically for Windows Phone 8. These titles...

Zuma's Revenge for Windows Phone
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Feb 27, 2013

Casual and hardcore (or ‘core’) games often appeal to one group of players while excluding the other. Aiming at just one slice of the gaming audience is well and good, but the holy grail of game development is bridging the gap by appealing to both audiences. Only one...

Halo Reach
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 26, 2013

Many console gamers out there are abuzz about the Playstation 4 right now, and an official announcement of the next Xbox probably won’t happen until April. How can Microsoft maintain the Xbox hype? Why, by announcing a big sale of course!

The Ultimate Game Sale...

Final Fantasy VI Advance intro on VBA8
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 24, 2013

Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough of certain game types on Windows Phone, such as RPGs and strategy games. Sure, we have a few of each to choose from, but it’s still slim pickings for the avid gamer. You know one portable platform that had an unabashedly great...

How Microsoft can save Xbox games for Windows Phone Part 5
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 21, 2013

Xbox for Windows Phone is a key selling point for gamers, but the implementation leaves much to be desired. This editorial series has covered a lot of ground so far, including the need for streamlining the Xbox Live certification process, Microsoft’s failure to...

Angry Birds Seasons for Windows Phone 7
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 21, 2013

Yesterday Rovio surprised us by releasing an Xbox Live version of Angry Birds Seasons for Windows Phone 8. No one ever announced that Seasons would be coming to Windows Phone at all, and it’s not exactly the newest game in the Angry Birds...

Playstaton 4 announcement
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 21, 2013

Here at Windows Phone Central, we are focused on Windows Phone and other Microsoft platforms. We also like to keep our eyes on the competition, such as the upcoming HTC One Android smartphone. To that extent, the Xbox 360 and its successor will have a new competing...

KooZac for Windows Phone
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Feb 20, 2013

Xbox Windows Phone has absolutely no shortage of puzzle games and physics puzzlers. These types of games are easy to create and easy to port, plus they work well in short play sessions on the go. I don’t blame avid mobile gamers for tiring of puzzlers as a...

Angry Birds Seasons title screen for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 20, 2013

There isn’t exactly an abundance of Windows Phone 8-specific Xbox Live games out there. Since the launch of Microsoft’s latest mobile OS, we’ve only had two such games to choose from: Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars. As we reported last...

iBomber Defense
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 19, 2013

A while back, Babel Rising was pulled from Windows Phone 8 due to the tiny problem of crashing on start up. It briefly returned to Windows Phone 8 despite still being incompatible. Well, today seems like déjà vu because another partially delisted game is back...

Zuma's Revenge Lead
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 19, 2013

While some of us face the possibility that there might not be a new Xbox Windows Phone game release this week, Nokia owners should have no such complaints. Not only did Nokia and PopCap/EA just publish the vastly improved sequel Bejeweled Live+, two more Nokia...

Picnic Wars
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 18, 2013

Broken Xbox Achievements aren’t especially common in Windows Phone games these days … Mostly because new Xbox Windows Phone games have become so lamentably rare, not because the certification process has improved. One such game that has suffered from a less-than-working...

Zombie Driver HD
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 14, 2013

Seeing as how we don’t have a new Xbox Windows Phone release to talk about this week, it’s a perfect time for some Xbox 360 discussion. Zombie Driver HD - one of my personal favorite XBLA games of 2012 is on sale to Xbox Live Gold members for only 400 MS Points...

No Xbox Wndows Phone release
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 14, 2013

As our game-playing readers have probably noticed by now, Xbox for Windows Phone isn’t truly out of drought territory just yet. There is no new Xbox release this week. We asked Microsoft whether the two free Gameloft games on Tuesday were intended to make up for the...

Skulls of the Shogun for Windows Phone
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Feb 13, 2013

Microsoft has never released a portable console like the Playstation Vita or 3DS, instead opting to publish Xbox-branded games for Windows Phone and Windows 8… A wise choice given the modern trend towards smartphone and tablet gaming over handheld game systems. With the...

How to save Xbox games for Windows P{hone Part 4
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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 13, 2013

Remember that huge five week long game drought we just went through? We didn’t get official word from Microsoft until the fourth straight week without a release, after the drought had almost passed (and not for lack of trying on our part). As every week went by, your...

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by Paul Acevedo
Feb 08, 2013

The implementation of Xbox games on Windows Phone is riddled with problems. While these range from “Darn it” minor to “Holy crap!” major, as a whole they threaten the viability of Xbox games on the platform. We believe Microsoft can still turn things around and make...

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