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Is Rare Teasing a New Banjo Kazooie Game?

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Rare, the developer famous for franchises such as Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct and Perfect Dark is in for a big year according to composer and sound designer Robin Beanland, who tweeted the following:

If you have played any of the Banjo-Kazooie games then you will remember that musical notes were a collectible item. In addition to this Beanland has previously tweeted an image of a broken banjo, followed by a later tweet showing the banjo repaired.

In recent years Rare has worked on various titles for the Xbox Kinect but has hinted at changing its focus after Microsoft decided to stop bundling the Kinect 2.0 with the Xbox One.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Coming ‘Holiday 2015’

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Lara Croft is set to return in 2015 after Crystal Dynamics announced¬†Rise of the Tomb Raider at Microsoft’s E3 press conference. A trailer was shown depicting Lara undergoing therapy to help come to terms with the events of the first game. Ms. Croft’s adventuring days are clearly not behind her though as the therapy session is interspersed with scenes of Lara taking on enemies and exploring new locales.

More actual tombs are promised this time round, with a Microsoft representative stating:

In the next chapter of her journey, Lara must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the¬†Tomb Raider.¬†Featuring epic, high-octane action moments, Rise of the Tomb Raider will take gamers to multiple locations around the world filled with exploration spaces that are some of the most beautifully hostile places on earth. In addition, after hearing the cry from fans loud and clear, the game will put the tombs back into ‚ÄúTomb Raider” all in the franchise‚Äôs gritty Survival-Action style.

You can watch the trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider below.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Announced, Halo 5 Beta Included

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Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. The compilation will include the long rumoured Halo 2 Anniversary as well as Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4, all on one blu-ray disc. The collection will arrive on November 11 this year, almost exactly ten years since the original version of Halo 2 was released. It will retail for $60 in the US.

As an added incentive to pick up this collection it will also include an access key for the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, set to begin in December 2014 as well as a digital copy of the film Halo: Nightfall.

Of the games included Halo 2 will receive the most significant overhaul but the other games will be upgraded to run at 1080p and 60 frames per second and will include their full original multiplayer modes.

The main additions to Halo 2 include new prologue and epilogue scenes to lead into Halo 5, new terminals hidden throughout the solo campaign, six “reimagined” Halo 2 multiplayer maps as well as all 23 original maps (including DLC).

Trailers were shown for both The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer beta, you can see them below.

Xbox Live Gold Free this Weekend on 360

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Xbox Live Gold will be free to all Xbox 360 owners this weekend, from 23 – 25 May. This means you can enjoy all the benefits of being a Gold member, including playing your favourite games online.

Microsoft released a video to accompany the announcement, highlighting some of the latest games you can participate in online, which you can check out below.

Atari E.T. Cartridges Unearthed in New Mexico

Atari E.T., New Mexico

A film crew has uncovered unwanted copies of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 in a New Mexico landfill. The excavation in Alamogordo is being filmed for a documentary going by the working title “Atari: Game Over” and the evidence unearthed so far proves one of gaming’s longest standing legends – that thousands of copies of the game were buried after it became an almighty flop and left Atari in financial ruin.

Nothing close to the reported thousands of buried copies have been found yet but there is a lot of work still to be done and the findings so far prove that there is truth to the legend.

It also seems that E.T. isn’t the only thing that was dumped there, copies of Centipede, Space Invaders and Asteroids have also been discovered.

E.T., Centipede, New Mexico

 

You will be able to see the full extent of the findings when the documentary hits Xbox One and Xbox 360 later this year.

[SOURCE: Larry Hryb]

Dig for Atari E.T. Games gets the Go-Ahead

The excavation of a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where millions of copies of unpopular Atari 2600 game E.T. are supposedly buried, has finally been given the go-ahead by the New Mexico Environmental Department. The dig was recently delayed over concerns of potentially hazardous chemicals found at the site, however the NMED is now satisfied that there is no immediate danger unless a person is exposed over a “very extended amount of time”.

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If you thought your nightmares were buried, you were wrong.

The NMED also said the original excavation plan was too vague but are now happy providing they are given five days notice before digging begins and that all waste haulers are certified.

Lightbox Entertainment and Fuelbox Entertainment are behind the excavation which is to be filmed for a documentary about the rise and fall of Atari. It is being directed by X2 writer Zak Penn and will be available exclusively on Xbox 360 and Xbox One later this year.

Microsoft Planning to Reward Well Behaved Xbox Live Users

XboxLive_LogoHey gamers, have you been good boys and girls and boys this year? Well good news if you have, especially if you own an Xbox, as Microsoft has announced plans to introduce a reward system for players with a good reputation.

The plans were revealed by Microsoft development lead Frank Savage at this year’s GDC (Game Developer’s Conference). According to Savage, it’s Microsoft’s way of saying “Thanks for being such a good member of the community, here’s a reward.”

Although only in the brainstorming stages at the moment, Microsoft hopes that offering rewards will encourage better behavior standards in their online community, rather than simply punishing players who behave poorly. Currently players who receive an abundance of negative feedback from others have their bad behavior reflected on their gamercard and are forced to play with other bad players in multipayer matches.

It is unknown at this stage what the rewards might be, but we will update you as more details about these plans are revealed.

Titanfall Official Launch Trailer Released

With Titanfall just over a week away from launch (March 11th in the US and March 13th in Europe) EA and Respawn Entertainment have released an epic new gameplay trailer for the Microsoft exclusive shooter to get you even more hyped. Check it out below.

 

Xbox One Gets Price Cut in UK

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Microsoft is dropping the price of the Xbox One only three months after its release. After the price cut takes effect on Friday the Xbox One will cost £399 and will be bundled with hotly anticipated game Titanfall, the console currently sells for £429 with a bundled game.

This means the Xbox One will now match the price of the Playstation 4, which is currently outperforming Microsoft’s console in sales by about two to one, although the PS4 can still be bought for ¬£349 without a game included.

Harvey Eagle, Xbox’s UK Marketing Director explained the decision,

The reason we’re doing this is that we’re committed to giving gamers the best value that we can.¬†We’re only a few months into a generation of consoles that are going to last for many many years to come, and now just feels like the right time to make the adjustment on the price.

Microsoft hopes the inclusion of Titanfall, a Microsoft exclusive title, will help improve sales, although the game does not officially release until March 14th, meaning people who buy the console at the cheaper price point before then will have to wait to play the game.

The price cut currently only applies to the UK, although the Titanfall bundle will be available in other territories.

Titanfall Not Coming to Playstation

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Titanfall¬†will remain an exclusive to Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC “for the life of the title”, according to Blake Jorgensen, CFO at Electronic Arts who was speaking at EA’s financial call. ¬†This was reiterated by Microsoft’s Major Nelson who tweeted the following:

We will have to wait until March next year to see whether Titanfall is worth all the hype it’s currently receiving, and how much of a blow today’s news will be to anyone planning on buying a Playstation 4.