Articles by Paul Acevedo

The Witcher Battle Arena
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 01, 2014

The Witcher is a popular series of PC and console games based on the novels of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. In the medieval fantasy world of The Witcher, powerful humans with mutant traits called Witchers seek out and destroy the monsters that threaten humanity's survival. Polish...

Xbox.com gets improved Xbox One support, but some features still unsupported Paul Acevedo EastX profile
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 01, 2014

Last week, Microsoft announced that Xbox One users would finally be able to manage their profiles, friends, and more at Xbox.com. As I lamented in our Xbox One console review last year, many basic Xbox Live features such as the ability to view Achievements and view Xbox One-specific...

NARR8 for Windows Phone Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 30, 2014

Last year we looked at NARR8, a unique interactive book app/platform for Windows 8. NARR8 comes from NARR8 Limited – a subsidiary of Game Insight, makers of mobile Windows games like Cloud Raiders and Big Business Deluxe. Although games are obviously the publisher's main line of work,...

Mind: Brain Training, The Quest, More indie game of June for Windows Phone and Windows 8 Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 29, 2014

Microsoft and Nokia do a lot to inspire indie game development for Windows Phone and Windows 8. Most notably, Nokia's AppCampus program helps train indie developers and fund game development in exchange for timed exclusivity for Windows platforms. As for Microsoft, the big tech giant...

Juiced Systems USB 3 Surface 4-in-1 Adapter
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 29, 2014

Last summer we reviewed an accessory for the Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro called the Microsoft Surface 5-in-1 Adapter. The tiny device plugged into a Surface tablet and gave it extra USB and SD card ports. As someone who occasionally needs to use his Surface for desktop-style work...

Games
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 28, 2014

The Xbox One received a ton of new indie game releases this week, including a variety of genres like adventure, sports, and driving. But you know, Windows Phone and Windows 8 have quite an active indie scene as well. This weekend, we're taking a two part look at the indie games of June...

Zombies!!! Windows 8 Surface Pro
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 27, 2014

It's not an easy being an Xbox game for Windows platforms. First you have to go through a difficult pitching process just to make it into the portfolio. If by some miracle Microsoft actually approves you for Xbox status, you then enter the equally unpleasant certification process. And...

Contrast, Zombie Driver, RBI Baseball 14 come to Xbox One ID@Xbox
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 27, 2014

ID@Xbox is Microsoft's indie publishing program for Xbox One. Participating independent developers can publish their games directly to Xbox One with a greater degree of freedom than they would be afforded on Xbox 360, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. ID@Xbox is great for gamers too because...

Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition – Xbox One review
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 26, 2014

On Sunday I predicted that Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition would arrive on Xbox One this week. And what do you know? The Another World Anniversary Edition has just been released as part of Microsoft's ID@Xbox program. It comes from French publisher The Digital Lounge and is...

Peggle 2 DLC Jimmy Lightning's Bigger Better Balls
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 24, 2014

The Xbox One is overflowing with downloadable games lately thanks to the ID@Xbox program. Last week we got Outlast and Sixty Second Shooter Prime, and today Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition had a surprise launch. But when the new console launched last year, players only had a few...

Transformers, Sniper Elite III, and Valiant Hearts come to Xbox One and 360 this week
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 22, 2014

Last week the Xbox One picked up a fair helping of new games. At retail, we got the realistic martial arts simulation EA Sports UFC. And to download came the affordable twin-stick shooter Sixty Second Shooter Prime and the surprise release of cult-horror hit Outlast (both ID@Xbox...

TouchFox touch controller review Surface pro The Witcher 2
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 21, 2014

One of the best features of Windows 8 is that it allows us to run PC games and apps on touchscreen devices like the Surface Pro. Whereas Windows RT tablets are limited to playing Windows RT games, full Windows 8 tablets can play not only tablet-oriented Windows 8 games but also Windows...

Heroes of Order and Chaos Windows Phone Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 20, 2014

Does anybody remember Order & Chaos Online? It was the first and only Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) for Windows Phone with Xbox support. Although beloved by RPG fans, publisher Gameloft basically abandoned the Windows Phone version of Order & Chaos...

Super Tap Ultra Windows Phone Lumia 1520 photo
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 19, 2014

We often like to look to the forums to discover new games and apps to cover. The stuff that you guys have on your minds enough to share it in the forums is probably interesting for us as well. And being a gaming guy, the most interesting forum thread for me is the " Newly discovered...

Elmo Loves ABCs for Windows 8 and RT phoo
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 19, 2014

You know a platform like Windows 8 is hitting the mainstream when the high-profile kids games starting showing up. The dinky little ones with crappy artwork and design come first, followed by professional games starring popular characters. Characters like Elmo and the cast of Sesame...

Magic Realms for Windows Phone suffers a game-breaking update
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 15, 2014

Last month, we reviewed a collectible card game called Magic Realms. The game impressed me with its lengthy single-player campaign, a massive arsenal of cards featuring beautiful fantasy artwork, asynchronous player-versus-player battles, and clan support. The actual in-game clan chat...

JoyJoy for Windows Phone Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 14, 2014

Last month we named a little twin-stick shooter called JoyJoy as one of May's best new Windows Phone games. Now it's time to follow up with a full review!

JoyJoy comes from Radiangames, maker of the similarly fantastic Bombcats Special Edition. Radian originally published this...

Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark Xbox preorder bonus Thundercracker
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 13, 2014

Next week, the Xbox One will be getting a beautiful and brutal new game at retail: EA Sports UFC, which we learned much about during EA's E3 press conference. The week after that, we'll be seeing a release that's even more exciting for this child of the eighties – Transformers: Rise of...

Valiant Hearts E3 2014 XBox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 12, 2014

We're still trying to take in the full range of ID@Xbox titles that Microsoft and third-parties showcased during E3 this week. The Xbox 360 has an impressive library of downloadable games already, but the Xbox One will surpass that library sooner rather than later once the games start...

Sniper Elite III E3 Xbox One photo
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 11, 2014

Some of the Xbox games announced at E3 this week are a fair ways off – whether they're due this fall like the Halo: Master Chief Collection, or coming in 2015 or beyond as with Crackdown 3. But other games we see on the show floor will be arriving much sooner; the awesomely retro...