Revolution

Over the last couple of months, Windows Phone Central has been highly skeptical and/or critical of Microsoft’s dedication towards Xbox games for Windows Phone. As the weeks without a new Xbox release (excluding Nokia exclusives) have grown, so has our certainty in an underlying problem. This culminated with a game developer stepping forward to explain Microsoft’s reticence towards approving new Xbox projects, not to mention the conspicuous snubbing of Windows Phone in the announcement of the multiplatform WSOP: Full House Pro.

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Broken Xbox Live Achievements on Windows Phone

For many gamers, Xbox Live Achievements are the Windows Phone platform’s main selling point. They provide primary and secondary goals to strive for in games. They also make it easy for other people to see what you’ve accomplished. Earning Achievements contributes to GamerScore – an overall score that quantifies a person’s accomplishments across Xbox 360, Windows Phone, and Games for Windows Live games. It’s a brilliant and addictive system.

Except when something goes wrong. Despite the apparently rigorous testing that games undergo during the Xbox Live certification process, sometimes a game is released with one or more with unobtainable Achievements. We call an Achievement broken or glitched when it is impossible for gamers to unlock through any means.

Why are glitched Achievements a big deal? As I said, people get addicted to earning Achievements. Obsessive compulsive types eat them up. People who really buy into the Achievement system sort of calculate the full 200 GamerScore into a game’s purchase price. They feel ripped off if they can’t get the full 200 no matter what they do. Even for less compulsive gamers, it can be frustrating to go through the effort to satisfy an Achievement’s unlock conditions and find that it didn’t unlock.

Head past the jump for the full list of broken Xbox Live Achievements and what’s being done to fix them.

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Revolution - Review

When Microsoft announced Xbox Live support for Windows Phone 7, they appealed to developers to use a control set that was natural to the device. For example Microsoft doesn’t want developers to settle for creating virtual buttons and joysticks on the screen, they want to see user interfaces that consist of using touch and gestures to navigate the experience. One of the games that best exemplifies this push towards a simplified UI is Revolution.

As puzzle games go on Windows Phone 7 devices Revolution isn’t the most visually stimulating and it isn’t a classic like Tetris, Bejeweled, or Hexic. Revolution’s strength lies in the simplicity of its graphics and controls. Keep reading to see what I mean.

Pros: 
Simple graphics, intuitive UI.
Cons: 
Not really a classic puzzle game, some achievements require serious playing time.
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Just a few hours after we noted today's releases, Microsoft has gone and published those two new Xbox LIVE titles. Today's features are 'Rise of Glory' and 'Revolution'.

'Rise of Glory' is a pretty sweet World War 1 bi-plane simulator "...with arcade accents. Fly your favorite plane in the single player campaign or play skirmish user defined missions. Amazing graphics, realistic aircraft behavior, challenging AI, incredible game experience." and goes for $2.99. 'Revolution' also put out by MGS, is a cogs type puzzle game, but with...well gears. The game will allow you to "progress through 75 unique levels and discover new challenges! As levels increase in complexity, players will find new elements such as “No Cogs Zones,” and “Falling Stars” to challenge even the most skilled mechanical wizard". 'Revolution' also fetches for $2.99.

You can grab 'Rise of Glory' here and 'Revolution' here. Both seem pretty cool. Hit us up in comments on your thoughts if you've tried 'em.

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We're getting late breaking news here at WMExperts that Sprint is poised to launch a "revolution" today (Thursday) for their Sprint Premier, Sprint Everything Data and select business plans.

So what is ‘Sprint Any Mobile’?

Reportedly, Sprint is going to allow you to call any domestic mobile number, regardless of carrier, any time for free.  Now most Sprint customers already have the free Sprint-to-Sprint mobile calls on their plans, but this will extend that to AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.

Best part? Reportedly this is a free upgrade to those customers with the above mentioned qualifying plans.

You have to give it to Sprint: one of the fastest data networks, 4G Wimax, the Palm Pre, just announced Palm PixiHTC Hero, Touch Pro 2 and now this. That's change we like to see! 

But what say you--will you benefit from this feature and is it enough to save Sprint?

[via PreCentral.net]

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