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Battlefield 4 review

Following the critically acclaimed Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4 continues the tradition of nonstop mayhem that is the sandbox/first-person-shooter genre. Battlefield 4 has a large selections of weapons, vehicles, and maps and keeps the action coming.

Pros

Bigger arsenal, more customization: With over 100 weapons and 35 vehicles, Battlefield 4 carries an even greater arsenal than its predecessor. Keeping its tradition of load-out customization, the game lets all players find their perfect bread-and-butter setup.

New engine, new mechanic: The Frostbite 3 engine not only brings brilliant graphics clarity to Battlefield 4, but it also lets players level the playing field … Read more

Xbox One Titanfall bundle drops to $449 at Walmart, Best Buy

One of the reasons Sony's PlayStation 4 game console has outsold the rival Xbox One in the early months of 2014 has been the $100 price difference -- $399 versus $499 -- between the two. In mid-March, Microsoft evened the score a bit, adding the exclusive game Titanfall to new consoles as a bundle. Assuming a $60 sold-separately price on the game, one could argue the base cost of the Xbox One was now just $440.

Now, a second wave of price cuts has come to the Xbox One. As noted by the New York Times, two major retailers, … Read more

Phil Spencer on Xbox One 'always-on' debacle: 'We could have been more clear'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer, who heads up the company's video game production arm, reflected on the Xbox One's controversial always-on policies rolled back last year in an interview with Gamasutra editor in chief Kris Graft on the final day of the Game Developers Conference here Friday.

"We could have been more clear and concise about what our real soul around the product was," Spencer said. Touching on the topic briefly yet apologetically, Spencer outlined how it was a learning experience, but that the blame was deserved because Microsoft fumbled the communication with … Read more

Video Interview: Peter Molyneux

The Game Developers Conference is running full throttle this week in San Francisco. We spoke there with Peter Molyneux, creator of Fable and Godus, now available on Steam. Molyneux talked about the 22Cans studio's Kickstarter campaign for Godus, teaching players how to be a god in the game, how video games have enriched his relationship with his son, and his verdict on the XBox One and PlayStation 4.

Titanfall for Xbox 360 pushed back to April 8

Xbox 360 owners will need to wait a couple more weeks before they can get their hands on Titanfall.

Titanfall will now launch on the Xbox 360 on April 8 in North America and April 11 in Europe, the game's publisher, Electronic Arts, announced on Wednesday. The title was expected to launch March 25 on the console, but EA said its development team needs a little more time to work out some kinks. Like the Xbox One and PC versions that launched last week, the Xbox 360 offering will include 6-vs-6 gameplay and feature all the same maps, modes, … Read more

Xbox One to hit 26 new countries in September

The Xbox One will go much more global six months from now.

Microsoft said Tuesday that in September, the Xbox One will arrive in 26 additional countries, including India and Japan but especially across a broad swath of Europe.

That's about all there was to the announcement, save for this tease from Xbox Live's Larry Hyrb: "We'll have much more to share at a local level towards the end of April, so stay tuned."

When the $500 Xbox One launched last November, hot on the heels of rival PlayStation 4, it was available in 13 … Read more

Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten leaves Microsoft

Marc Whitten, the chief product officer for the Xbox division, is leaving Microsoft after more than 17 years.

Whitten is leaving the software giant to become the chief product officer at wireless company Sonos, the company announced in a statement Monday afternoon. Whitten's departure comes about four months after the release of the Xbox One, the long-awaited successor to the Xbox 360, and about a week after the high-profile launch of the first-person shooter game Titanfall on the new console.

"It has been the highlight of my career to work on a product so loved," Whitten said … Read more

What are the biggest issues with Wii U, PS4, Xbox One?

Troubleshooting service Fixya has released a new report on the issues affecting today's latest game consoles, and the results aren't pretty.

Fixya combed through 40,000 troubleshooting requests shared on its Web site and found that 35 percent of Wii U owners complain of freezing problems, while others are looking for fixes to the GamePad. Another 15 percent of Wii U owners report issues with the console's Internet connection.

Like the Wii U, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 also suffer from a wide range of troubles. The Xbox One's chief troubleshooting culprit is the Kinect, … Read more

Xbox One almost catches PlayStation 4 in February

After reporting no sales figures in January, Microsoft is trumpeting its February numbers after a market researcher showed it gaining on Sony's PlayStation 4 in the U.S.

Though the PlayStation 4 (PS4) led hardware sales in February, it was only "by a narrow margin," according to the NPD Group, as reported by Bloomberg.

The Xbox One sold "over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales," according to NPD analyst Liam Callahan. But because of Xbox One's higher price, "it led hardware sales on a dollar basis," … Read more

Xbox Live struggles with access issues as Titanfall launches

Microsoft's launch Tuesday of the much-anticipated game Titanfall on Xbox Live has not been without hiccups.

Players hoping to access the first-person shooter game on Xbox Live are having difficulty connecting with the online gaming service Tuesday. The Xbox Live Service Status page currently lists service as "limited."

"We're aware that some users are having difficulties signing in to Xbox Live," according to an update posted to the page. "Our team is hard at work trying to mitigate the issue and we appreciate your patience while we work."

Microsoft also promised to … Read more