Bloodforge, a fantasy action-adventure from Climax for Xbox 360

Bloodforge brings a good, gory romp to Xbox Live Arcade (review)

Bloodforge isn’t a great game or even a good one in some respects. It’s not very polished, and it’s not very deep. For some of us, though, it’ll dish out 15 bucks worth of violent lunacy. And let’s be honest with ourselves. Sometimes we just want to hit some buttons and watch some heads explode.

Xfinity customers are finally getting HBO Go on the Xbox

Earlier this week, Comcast was rumored to be in discussions about letting its subscribers finally access HBO Go on the Xbox. Friday, the company made it official, saying that “early next week” Comcast subscribers can watch their favorite HBO shows through the official HBO Go Xbox Live app.

Bungie says goodbye with 10 years of Halo stats (infographic)

Bungie Studios is in the process of severing its final ties to the Halo franchise and has shut down the multiplayer stat-tracking on Bungie.net. To commemorate the hundreds of thousands of years gamers have racked up playing various Halo titles online, Bungie has released the all-encompassing infographic seen below.

GamesBeat Weekly Roundup

Here are some of the stories that ran on GamesBeat this week. We’re running more articles exclusively in the GamesBeat section of VentureBeat, particularly when they’re mainly of interest to our game readers. The broader-interest posts will continue to run on VentureBeat as well. Please visit the GamesBeat section to catch up on the latest game news. We’re ramping up our game coverage, so you’ll find a larger amount of deeper news at GamesBeat.

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Comcast removes mention of “private network” from Xbox app FAQ page

Eat your heart out Humpty Dumpty. Comcast has managed to put the Internet back together again with just a few simple keystrokes and mouse clicks. But before you go patting the company on the back, you should know that it’s responsible for fracturing the internet in the first place — or at least implying that it’s fractured.

Sine Mora, a side-scrolling shooter for the masses (review)

Sine Mora inspires a certain amount of wondering about what a 2D shooter really needs in the way of production values. Does it need an original soundtrack by a big-name composer? Does it need an extensive, otherworldly backstory? Does it need an elaborate time-travel plotline about saving someone’s life in the past and avenging his death in the present? Does it need poetically-written cutscenes and voice-overs delivered in Hungarian?

Steel Battalion Heavy Armor combines Kinect and controller commands (hands-on preview)

Steel Battalion Heavy Armor is one of the new hardcore games for the Xbox 360 which makes the daring design decision of using the Kinect motion-sensing gesture controls in addition to play with a traditional game controller. You use your arms to control the user interface inside your giant mech, known as a Vertical Tank, but you use the controller to fire your machine gun or cannon at enemies.

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Mass Effect 3 leaked online

Pirates have struck the Normandy again. Just two days before Mass Effect 3 is due to land in shops in the U.S., Electronic Arts’ game has leaked via a number of torrent sites.

The Simpsons Arcade takes us back to the bowling alley (review)

1991 was a good year for The Simpsons. Some all-time classic episodes aired, the series won a couple of Emmy awards, Bart Simpson t-shirts were still in fashion, and the family starred in an A-list arcade game. It was a better year than 2011, where the series closed in on its 500th episode while a few fans kept up the old argument over when the exact shark-jumping moment happened.

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Review: How Final Fantasy XIII-2 saves the franchise…for now

2010’s Final Fantasy XIII may have sold well enough, but the perplexingly bad design decisions quickly made the title a bitter disappointment for many fans. Coupled with the disastrous launch of Final Fantasy XIV, and even publisher/developer Square Enix admitted that its legendary role-playing brand had been severely damaged.

GamesBeat Giveaway: Quarrel (XBLA)

Originally released as Quarrel Deluxe on the iPhone and iPad in 2011, developer Denkei’s brave little word game saw release on Xbox Live Arcade this week.

New Skyrim patch coming, will actually fix stuff

Bethesda has announced that a major update for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is currently undergoing testing on all three platforms. Version 1.4 is expected to be finalized next week and submitted to Sony and Microsoft for certification.

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Dozens of Foxconn’s Xbox 360 production line workers threaten suicide

According to reports, dozens of workers at a Chinese factory that assembles Xbox 360 consoles threatened to jump off a dormitory roof. The rooftop protest began on Jan 2, following plans to close the Xbox assembly line, with workers saying that Foxconn reneged on a promise to compensate anyone wanting to leave.

Xbox 360 surpasses 66M sold and Kinect passes 18M units

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said tonight that the Xbox 360 video game console has sold more than 66 million units since it was launched in 2005. In his final keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show, Ballmer said that the Xbox Live online gaming and entertainment service now has more than 40 million users, and he said Microsoft has sold more than 18 million Kinect motion-sensing systems.

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Exclusive: Dance Central: Halo Edition gameplay (video)

Submitted as an April Fool’s joke for 1up.com earlier this year, this original animated video by Jan Neves is a glimpse into what we all know is coming eventually anyway. First the Halo Warthog is a featured vehicle in Forza Motorsport 4, then Master Chief is a featured backup dancer in Dance Central 3. It could happen…

Microsoft changes its Xbox brand and design chief

It’s no secret that Microsoft is designing the successor to the Xbox 360, as it needs to keep pace with Nintendo, which is introducing a new console next year. But now it will evidently take on that task without the help of one of the veteran marketing and design experts.

Sonic CD blasts onto console and mobile today

Sega of America has announced that Sonic CD is now available across a multitude of platforms today. Originally released in 1993 for the Sega CD, this version of Sonic CD  comes boasting both the Japanese and US soundtracks, and the exclusive ability to play as Tails, Sonic’s flying sidekick fox. The game will likely appeal to older gamers who are nostalgic for the games of their youth.