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Microsoft has trouble competing when it comes to exclusive games.

 

One of Microsoft’s highly anticipated games, Scalebound, was canceled. News that shocked many fans eagerly anticipating this Platinum Games Xbox One exclusive. Honestly, this is worse news for Platinum than Microsoft. However, it is important to note that Microsoft has a problem. Where Sony champions their exclusive games, Microsoft still struggles to move past franchises like Halo and Gears of Wars. Continue reading

Some good fun playing For Honor with friends last night. The struggle is real trying to take control of these zones. However, my Peacekeeper put in some work. I’ve really enjoyed this beta. Might buy For Honor soon after release.

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Renegade Plays is Back!!!

Renegade Plays is back at it again with the writing personal opinions and stuff! Where did I go? Well, blogging is hard and doing it while in school makes it even harder. So, I took some time off to focus on school and work.

However, like I said I’m back! I’ve learned a few things and I hope to use that to bring better content, better writing and more unfiltered opinions to the blog. I’m a die-hard gamer, and gaming and writing keep a bit of my sanity intact. So, I’m not ready to give this up.

Here are a few new things to expect:

  1. I’ve learned a bit that consistency is key, so I’ll be posting at least two times a week (three if I’m feeling frisky).
  2. More timely and relevant post. So if you’ve heard the story around a few gaming circles, then I’ll most likely have something to say about it soon.
  3. More personal post, meaning that while I’ll still talk about the news topics that are interesting to me, you’ll see more post about my experiences as a gamer.

If you’re a fan of the site, then wow …. thank you for sticking with this lonely blog. If you’re new, then I hope you enjoy what you read. Games, news, and opinions: that’s what I’m all about, I’ve got a new layout, new stories, and more to come. Welcome to Renegade Plays. Hope you have fun!

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Well it’s official. We have heard the rumors of the past week but now it’s confirmed that Microsoft purchases Minecraft creators Mojang for the big price of $2.5 billion.

Along with the acquisition of Mojang, all three founders, Notch, Carl, and Jakob will be leaving the company. One of the biggest reason for the sale was the overwhelming responsibility that came with owning Minecraft. For Marcus ‘Notch’ person, Xbox Phil Spencer says,

Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that.

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For those worried about changes to Minecraft, Microsoft has no immediate plans. Also the versions on PC/Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android will still be developed and supported.

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Nothing gets people more excited then a regime change, and ever since Phil Spencer became head of Microsoft’s Xbox Division, nothing but good things have been happening for the system. First the Xbox One gets a much needed price drop, then the Xbox Live makes some policy changes. Now they could have easily announced this during their E3 press conference but they got it out of the way now. Meaning that Microsoft has some special announcements coming. Here are the Microsoft E3 predictions:

5. New Exclusive Games Announced

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If there is one thing Microsoft is good at it is getting exclusive content from third-party publishers. At last year’s E3 they took it one step further and gathered a few exclusive games for the Xbox One. Including gems like Sunset Overdrive from Insomniac games and Dead Rising 3 from Capcom. Their internal studios have been creating quite a variety of games as well. Don’t expect any of that to change this year either.

I expect new Xbox One exclusive games to appear this year. Last year they had 12 new unannounced games to show off. While they might not have that many games this year, they will most likely show something close. Maybe even third-party games that people might have never expected to come to Xbox.

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E3 is Coming

With E3 being nearly two weeks away, its time to start making some predictions. This year has very has very much been a mystery. Not many leaks and the ones we have gotten we pretty much already knew were coming. It is going to be a defining year for everybody as the new consoles are here and are set to prove their worth. So every day, starting tomorrow, a new countdown for each of the big three and some game predictions. Also, let me know your predictions for this years event.

Tuesday: Top 5 Sony Predictions

Wednesday: Top 5 Nintendo Predictions

Thursday: Top 5 Microsoft Predictions

Friday: Top 5 Game Predictions

Xbox One Release Date Announced.

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The Xbox One will be available for purchase in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the USA on November 22nd of this year. Interestingly, this is the same date that the Xbox 360 released back in 2005.
Not much of a gap between the November 15th launch of the PS4 and the Xbox One’s now announced November 22nd launch. Gamers are sure to pick their favorite no matter what and we will see who comes out on top as these two giants go head to head.

Wii U Price Has Been Cut

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Nintendo has announced that the Wii U will be getting a price cut on September 20th and will retail for $299.99. A much needed price cut, as Nintendo will have to go against the debut of the PS4 and Xbox One in November. With the price cut of the Wii U and a decent holiday line up, Nintendo may be able to steal some sales.

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Gone are the days of mistyping long 25 digit codes in order to redeem money or pre-order bonuses. Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten says that the new Kinect will be able to scan QR codes and make it easier for players to redeem credit, Xbox Live Gold subscriptions and many others. I guess there is one plus to the always connected, always on and all seeing camera.

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According to Eurogamer, Microsoft has stop charging developers who want to update their games on Xbox 360 and XBLA (Xbox Live Arcade). This has been a big issue among the indie crowd as small developers could not update their game because it would cost them money they did not have. Most notable is Phil Fish, the creator of Fez, who could not fix a game breaking glitch because he could not afford a second patch. The patches were rumored to cost tens of thousands of dollars. It looks like Microsoft wants the indie crowd back. The only way I see them doing that is allowing developer to self-publish. Indie developers have been on the rise since this generation’s consoles have debuted and less barriers means more great games for gamers.

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