Monster Gaming Week (6 April 2014)

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Phil Spencer named new boss of Xbox

Phil Spencer is the new boss of Xbox, Microsoft has announced. The former Microsoft Studios chief will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live and creative teams, which include Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios. “Combining these teams will strengthen t

Xbox Live Gold Members get Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight free in April

April’s set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members will beHitman: AbsolutionandDeadlight.Starting Tuesday (April 1st)Hitman: Absolution(Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through April

April Fools Flappy Bird flapping its way onto the Xbox marketplace

Remember that game Flappy Bird? The one that caused you extreme stress after dying, yet still giving you enough to want to play it again, again and again some more? Well, on the back of the news that Flappy Birds creator Dong Nguyen is to re-release

New Xbox One TV Tools in the Works; DVR Control & OneGuide Coming to SmartGlass

Since the launch of Xbox One, it’s been our mission to keep improving – the games, the entertainment, the all-in-one experience. That’s why we’re bringing some updates to you this month across Xbox Video and Xbox SmartGlass, a

COD: Ghosts – Devastation DLC’s Insane Predator Mode

In a bizarre continuation of movie villain cameos inGhosts DLC, following on from slasher icon Michael Myers’ (from 1978’sHalloweenfor those of you hiding behind the sofa!) appearance in Onslaught, Devastation is to deliver Predator

Monster Month What We Have Been Playing – March 2014

The Console Monster crew brings our gaming antics in March

South Park The Stick of Truth’s Samurai Spaceman DLC out now

South Park: The Stick of Truthplayers can now purchase the Samurai Spaceman DLC pack on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Previously available as a pre-order bonus through GAME, Samurai Spaceman includes three costumes equipped with special abilities:

Addressing Battlefield 4 Rubber-banding Issues

We wanted to provide a quick update on the issues with Battlefield 4 “rubber-banding” some players on certain platforms experienced during matches with 64-players. Looking into this further, we’re unhappy with our server performanc

Amazon US Integrates Metacritic Scores

Metacritic scores integrated into Amazon US game listings. UK site to follow?

Grand Theft Auto Online Spring Updates

Get ready for lots of exciting Grand Theft Auto Online updates to be added throughout the spring and beyond. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the new content, features, and enhancements that you can expect to see barreling down the La Puerta Freeway

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Dated

Action-RPG to take us back to Middle-Earth in October, box art, trailer and pre-order goodies also announced!

Lego: The Hobbit is adding content from third film as DLC

Lego: The Hobbitwill feature content from the third film in The Hobbit trilogy,There and Back Again, as DLC this Christmas alongside the cinematic release,Brick Fanaticsreports. The upcoming DLC was reportedly revealed during

Battlefield 4: Naval Strike delayed to April 15 to non-Premium members

The release of Battlefield 4 expansion Naval Strike has been delayed to April 15 to non-Premium members. The DLC was previously due next Tuesday, April 8. DICE has yet to clarify why the pack has seen a week-long delay, but it’s likely due to the pr

Video Games Live concerts headed to London, Manchester this November

The popular Video Games Live symphonic concert tour returns to the UK in 2014 and includes a London date for the first time in six years. Two UK shows are planned: Manchester O2 Apollo will host the first on Saturday 1st November, before the tour mo

Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott executive producing Halo ‘digital feature’

Microsoft was quick to squash rumors of a Ridley Scott produced Halo film earlier this year, but a recent announcements reveals there is something in the works. A brief e-mail from a Microsoft representative announced the project, without revealing

Microsoft Studios hit with layoffs

Microsoft Studios has been hit with layoffs according to former staff members, although it isn’t yet clear which studios and projects may have been affected. A spokesperson for the company confirmed the layoffs in a statement provided to VideoGamer.

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 launching next week

Telltale has lupus’d in on when we can fetch the thirdThe Wolf Among Usepisode. It’ll be April 8 for PC/Mac and PS3 in North America, followed by Xbox 360, PS3 in Europe and iOS the next day.Telltale put out a trailer forepisode thr

EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil soundtrack reveal

EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazillaunches in less than two weeks’ time, exclusively on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. If you haven’t already, be sure todownload the demotoday to see what’s in store. One of the man

Second Titanfall matchmaking update rolling out now

Respawn has rolled out a second update designed to improve Titanfall’s matchmaking and removed the Improved Matchmaking Beta playlistintroduced last Fridayfollowing successful testing. “Thanks to everyone who played in our Improved Match

Twitch adding ‘Group Chat’

Game broadcasting serviceTwitchis adding group chat functionality to the platform. Group chat allows users to create private and invite-only windows that are separate from the normal chat channel.Pssst, don’t tell anyone, but it’s w

Xbox One external game storage support ‘coming soon’

External game storage support for the Xbox One is “coming soon,” Microsoft spokesperson Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb confirmed on theXbox One subreddit. Responding to a question from a Reddit user if there was an update on the ability to use exte

Microsoft offers 7 days Xbox Live Gold as compensation for Titanfall launch day outage

Microsoft is providing Xbox One users affected by thelogin issues on Titanfall’s launch daywith seven days’ worth of free Xbox Live Gold. In a message sent to those affected overnight, Microsoft apologised for the issue and stated: “We k

Rare tested a SmartGlass controller for Kinect Sports Rivals

Rare tried out dozens of now-abandoned features for Kinect Sports Rivals, according to studio development director Danny Isaac, including some novel ideas for Xbox SmartGlass. Speaking to OXM at a preview event, Isaac described how sports that make s

Photographer merges GTA V with real life

Sharing photographs taken within Grand Theft Auto V has proved popular with online communities, but one photographer has taken it to another level. Titled “Crossroads of Realities”,Benoit Paillé’s latest project &ldq

Battlefield 4 Megalodon (BIG-ASS SHARK) Found In Naval Strike DLC

Giant shark Easter Egg located in Battlefield 4 DLC, Naval Strike map Nansha Strike

Player Tip How to Create a Must-Play Game in GTA Online

How to design a must-play game in GTA OnlineIt’s one of the biggest videogames of all time. Now, as fans complete Grand Theft Auto V and leave Michael, Trevor and Franklin to their riches, the streets and skies of Los Santos

Monster Reviews

Dark Souls II

Xbox 360 Achievements

LEGO The Hobbit

Strike Suit Zero

PS3 Trophies

Strike Suit Zero

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