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Killer Instinct Classic features two different versions of the arcade ROM

Microsoft has announced that Killer Instinct Classic, the Xbox One port of the original Killer Instinct which is only available as a bonus with the new Killer Instinct game, will feature two different versions of the popular arcade fighter.

One version is the 1.4 release, apparently the original arcade release, warts and all. The other version is the updated 1.5D release, which fixes a number of exploits and addressed a few balance issues. Killer Instinct Classic will also include a training mode, a CRT filter and an art gallery.

Killer Instinct Classic will be out alongside the new Killer Instinct and the Xbox One next Friday.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Conker: Live and Reloaded

Conker Live and Reloaded
Conker: Live and Reloaded is a fantastic remake of the late N64 era release Conker’s Bad Fur Day, but it wasn’t particularly well received at the time. The reason? People expected big things out of Microsoft’s purchase of Rare in 2002, and they got precisely two games on the original Xbox, the maligned Grabbed by the Ghoulies and a remake. It’s one of the best looking games on the Xbox by far.


Killer Instinct returns on Xbox One

Rare’s visually groundbreaking fighting game series Killer Instinct will be returning later this year on the Xbox One.

Development duties have shifted from Britain to America with Double Helix leading production efforts on the title.

Little has been confirmed at this stage beyond the inclusion of Jago, Sabrewulf, Glacius and a 2013 release date.


Fable Anniversary coming to Xbox 360 this year

Microsoft and Lionhead have announced that Fable Anniversary, a HD re-release of the original Fable, will be coming to the Xbox 360 later this year.

Fable Anniversary will offer up all of the content of Fable: The Lost Chapters and boasts improvements such as 1080p high definition visuals, improved lighting, upgraded textures, models and animations, a new save system, “non-existent” loading, achievement support, leaderboards for the chicken kicking mini-game and Smartglass integration. Apparently Lionhead is also investigating post-release content for the game.

Fable Anniversary will be out in time for Christmas.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding

Amped FRA
Remember when Microsoft used to make games? I’m hard on Microsoft’s initial first party offerings for the Xbox, but Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding was one of the few good things Microsoft put out. Amped has a massive soundtrack and custom soundtrack support, near-instant loading of its massive game world, and most importantly, some pretty neat snowboarding action.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Quantum Redshift

Quantum Redshift FRA
Quantum Redshift was basically Microsoft’s attempt at taking on F-Zero and Wipeout. It’s pretty consistent in quality with the rest of Microsoft’s early non-Halo first party Xbox efforts.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Halo: Combat Evolved

The original Halo is still far and away the best entry in the series. Originally intended to be a real-time strategy game for the Mac, Halo underwent a huge number of changes during its development. The purchase of Halo and Bungie proved to be the boost Microsoft needed to get the Xbox console off the ground.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Grabbed by the Ghoulies

Grabbed by the Ghoulies was Rare’s first after joining the Microsoft fold. Expectations were high for Rare under Microsoft, but Ghoulies, a title ported quickly from the GameCube to the Xbox, didn’t resonate with fans, who were waiting for sequels to big time Rare hits like Perfect Dark and Banjo-Kazooie.


Video Game Ad of the Day: NBA Full Court Press

NBA Full Court Press
NBA Full Court Press was part of an initial push by Microsoft to get some sports games onto Windows. Australia’s Beam Software developed the game – an odd choice since they’d never made a basketball game before. NBA Full Court Press wasn’t particularly well received.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Age of Empires

RIP Ensemble.

Age of Empires was a fantastic real time strategy game that came from one of Microsoft’s many pushes to get people to play games on Windows. Most would argue that the second game in the series is the real gem, though.

Search for Age of Empires on eBay