Xbox Games With Gold March 2017 Lineup Announced

Xbox Games With Gold March 2017 Lineup Announced

Xbox owners can look forward to picking up four free games this upcoming March as the latest offering for the Games with Gold program has been unveiled.

This time around Microsoft is handing out the following freebies:

  • Layers of Fear – Xbox One, March 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017
  • Evolve – Xbox One, March 16, 2017 – April 15, 2017
  • Borderlands 2 – Xbox 360, March 1, 2017 – March 15, 2017
  • Heavy Weapon – Xbox 360, March 16, 2017 – March 31, 2017

Layers of Fear is a first-person horror title that pits you as a painter stuck in a haunted mansion with the simple goal of finishing your masterpiece. We reviewed Layers of Fear and gave it a 9.5, saying that it “is a horror experience the likes of which I’ve never before experienced, and to not experience it is doing a disservice to yourself, the game, and the people over at Bloober Team SA who created it.”

The four-player multiplayer shooter Evolve is also included in the pack, even though the game went free-to-play on PC last year. We gave it a 6 in our review, stating that it “stumbles onto the scene and right into the unmemorable category of unremarkable mediocrity.” The lesser known Heavy Weapon is a PopCap title that sees you moving a tank in a side-scrolling shoot ’em up.

Borderlands 2 is another gem in the collection, but do take note that this one is for the Xbox 360. The first-person co-op shooter was given a 9 back when we reviewed it in 2012, saying that it “is an easy game of the year contender with its accomplished mechanics and surprisingly complex RPG and loot systems.”

Just like every month, Microsoft splits the list of four free games by including two for the Xbox One and two for the Xbox 360. Those who own an Xbox One will be able to download all four games onto their system, including the backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games. Those who own an Xbox 360 can snag these titles and save them in their game library even if they don’t own the required system.

These games will be available for certain times during the month of March, so pay attention to the dates and don’t miss a single game!

Evolve: Stage 2 Ends, Content Support Concludes

Evolve: Stage 2 Ends, Content Support Concludes

Turtle Rock Studios’ asymmetrical multiplayer game Evolve has always had a tough time attracting players. After rough sales, 2K Games turned to a free-to-play model on PC in order to get newcomers invested in the game. Now, Turtle Rock co-founders Phil Robb and Chris Ashton have revealed that Evolve‘s development has been effectively handled over to publisher 2K Games, who currently has no plans on bringing additional content to the game.

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Evolve Reaches One Million Players Since Free-To-Play Switch

Evolve Reaches One Million Players Since Free-To-Play Switch

Turtle Rock Studios’ decision to switch Evolve to a free-to-play format is proving very successful so far. The studio announced that over one million new players have signed up for the multiplayer shooter in under a week.

In celebration of the achievement, all players who log into Evolve: Stage 2 before July 18th will receive a free Blood Eagle Hunter Skin for Griffin.

It’s yet to see how many of the player base can be retained in the future, but regardless, it’s still an impressive feat.

Evolve originally released in February 2015 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Evolve was re-branded as Evolve: Stage 2 on PC as a result of its new free-to-play status. The Stage 2 re-brand features a major overhaul of the core game. The game features a weekly rotating cast of characters, redesigned maps, character progression, new abilities for the Hunters and more. All players who purchased the PC version of Evolve prior to the Stage 2 re-brand will be able to keep all previously unlocked content, as well as bonus currency, weapon skins, perks and exclusive “Founder Badges”. It is currently unknown if the Stage 2 re-brand will reach consoles.

CGMagazine February 2015: The Education Issue

CGMagazine February 2015: The Education Issue

February 2015

This latest issue of CGM looks at how education and games aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. The perception of education has been changing a lot in recent years, and it’s no longer considered a simple matter of memorizing facts for a test, then disposing of that information once the test has been passed. Critical thinking, problem solving skills and the ability to analyze and improvise are all considered valuable tools, not just in learning, but as general skills for life management. In this issue, Tim talks about the resurgence of female super heroes in comics, Reid talks about how videogames can inspire creativity and Liana discusses how videogames can be used to teach as well as entertain.

Features:

Kids & Arachnids: An Interview With Fred Van Lente
Female (Super) Empowerment: Girls In Comics Are Here To Stay
Marvel’s Overpopulation Problem

Focus:

Coding a New Future, Designing a New Generation
The Digital Muse: Inspiring Creativity With Videogames
The Culture Of Youth: How Games Made For Fun Can Be Used To Teach
A Lament For DVD Film School
Lessons In Play: Why Educational Games May Not Be Beneficial
School Of Hard Blocks: How One Tech Camp Is Using Videogames To Teach Real-World Skills
Technology and Education for the Modern Parent

Reviews:

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
Resident Evil HD Remaster
Dying Light
Evolve
Life Is Strange – Episode 1: Chrysalis
The Order: 1886

CGMagazine February 2015: The Education Issue

Evolve’s Evacuation Campaign Revelaed.

Evolve’s Evacuation Campaign Revelaed.

Between betas and broadcasts there is a lot of Evolve footage kicking around online, but up to this point only one game type has been shown. Evolve’s campaign mode, called evacuation, has been revealed with four different game modes and variables that add modifiers to a match.

Every game of Evacuation will start with a hunt, which is the game mode you’ve already seen if you’ve watched or played the game already. In it, the hunters try to take down the monster while it tries to feed on wildlife and kill the hunters. The monsters objective is to eat and kill enough to get to level 3, and then destroy an objective on the map.

That’s the first game mode. The campaign spreads out over five, in game, days, and each gives the players the opportunity to vote on one of four modes, including hunt. You also vote on which territory the next game will take place on.

The other modes are nest, rescue and defend. Nest places a number of monster eggs around the map and the hunters try to destroy them while the monster defends them and has the option to hatch them into level 1 monster minions. Hunters can also win by killing the monster.

Rescue puts a group of colonists on the map and the hunters must work together to revive and rescue them while the monster attempts to destroy them. Whoever eats or destroys more, wins.

Finally, Defend is the last stand where the hunters try to defend the evacuation point while their escape vehicle fuels up and the monster leads waves of enemies to try and destroy it.

Depending on how a round plays out, there will be something added to the next match. So whoever wins will have an added bit of help on the next map.

Between the maps, game modes and variables there are over 800,000 different ways to progress through the five round campaign, but it seems like if you are the monster you are basically in destroy mode. We won’t know just how different all these modes and variables will play until we get our hands on the game, but Turtle Rock Studios hasn’t done much to disappoint in the past.

Source: evolvegame.com

Evolve Gets Release Date

Evolve Gets Release Date

One of the most anticipated new shooters has finally gotten a release date.  Today Turtle Rock and 2K announced that Evolve launches on Oct 21, 2014 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Whoever pre orders the game will also get the Monster Expansion Pack.  It comes with a new skin and a new monster at release.

For those who don’t want to wait, there will be a playable demo at E3 this year. They also released some new screens.