Posts Tagged Xbox 360

Xbox SmartGlass app now optimized for iPhone 5

The Xbox SmartGlass app was updated for iOS yesterday. iPhone 5 users can finally interact with their Xbox 360.

Xbox SmartGlass first launched on Windows 8 devices back in October. That lengthy half-day exclusivity ended with an Android version on October 26, followed by the iOS app’s arrival in early November.

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Counter-Strike: GO Review

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Counter-Strike is one of those iconic games that is still played many years after its release. With the original mod for Half-Life coming out in 1999 and a divisive Source engine update in 2004, Counter-Strike remains one of the premiere competitive multiplayer FPS communities. Now, that community has been given the latest update: Counter-Strike Global Offensive.

If you’re not familiar with Counter-Strike, it’s a shooter in which two teams – terrorist and counter-terrorist – compete in quick-fire rounds to either eliminate the other team or complete objectives like rescuing hostages or blowing up bombs. The gunplay is demanding, with high recoil and high damage necessitating a quick and accurate trigger finger as well as good knowledge of the game’s most popular maps.

Global Offensive does little to change the winning formula, choosing instead to support the community with skill-based matchmaking, built-in leaderboards, awards and achievements that should foster that space between pro teams and casual players.

Global Offensive also adds official support for popular game mode Gun Game, where players have to earn kills with each weapon in the game to progress to the next, with the round ending when a player gets a kill with the golden knife. This mode is called Arms Race in GO, and there’s also a related mode called Demolition that mashes together the gun progression of Gun Game and the standard Bomb Defusal or Hostage Rescue scenarios of the main game to great effect.

Of course, with any engine upgrade comes improved graphics and sound; GO is no exception. The UI has also been improved and optimised for consoles, and not to the detriment of PC players.

Finally, the game includes a few new pieces of content that should make the game a little fresher for veterans of the series. There are eight new weapons, eight new maps and a few new equipment options, but equally notable is the decision to keep all of the most popular maps to allow for the classic matches we’ve come to expect from Counter-Strike.

At just $15 on Steam and similar prices on Xbox 360 and PS3, Counter-Strike Global Offensive is a brilliant update to a quality series. Whether you’ve never played Counter-Strike or it’s a big part of your gaming history, I’d definitely recommend checking it out.

This article was written by William Judd. William writes for Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of phone accessories.

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Konami offers Silent Hill HD Collection exchanges for Xbox 360 users

If your copy of Silent Hill HD Collection for the Xbox 360 is having issues and you’re still holding onto the receipt, Konami is ready to make a trade.

On the official Silent Hill Facebook page, Konami asked affected users to contact its customer service for purchase “verification and further details on how to exchange your product.” The initial posting does not say what Konami is offering in the exchange; however, in response to the question on Facebook, the proprietor of the Silent Hill page added: “The exchange is for other Konami titles or versions of titles.”

The offer is only valid for Xbox 360 versions of the Silent Hill HD Collection purchased “on or before” August 8, 2012, with requests for an exchange required to be submitted by October 7.

After the Silent Hill HD Collection launched earlier this year, some users complained of technical issues. Though Konami released a patch to correct problems in the PlayStation 3 version, the publisher announced it was unable to patch the Xbox 360 version due to “technical issues and resources.” Despite the flaw, Konami told Joystiq it will continue to sell the HD Collection for Xbox 360.

Joystiq has contacted Konami to find out what options users are being given in the exchange and will update this post when more information becomes available.

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