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Brian Allen has been covering entertainment online and in print for over a decade. He lives in Cedar Hill, Texas with his wife and three kids. Follow him on Twitter @GameDropping.

Paula Deen has her own match-three game, Recipe Quest

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and perhaps the most common theme in game design. Disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen is joining the match-three ranks with the iOS and Android app Paula Deen’s Recipe Quest. At the start, it features 40 levels of puzzles matching ingredients in Deen’s Southern dishes. The player’s long range more »

New WWE sim coming to mobile devices

It took WWE a while to figure out that mobile games were the area it needed to expand into. Since then, we’ve seen card battler  WWE Supercard and WWE Immortals, an arcade-style fighting game. 2K is betting there are players who would like a more traditional wrestling, oops, sports entertainment experience. WWE 2K will bring the in-ring action more »

Xbox One April update adds includes voice messages and party chat fixes

New Xbox One features are currently available to preview members, while the rest of us will see them next month. Voice messaging was conspicuously absent as we transitioned from Xbox 360 to Xbox One. Soon that feature will be here. Players will also be able to message from Xbox 360 to and vice versa. Party more »

WWE Supercard adds new ‘Wrestlemania’ rarity

WWE Supercard has been a huge smash for 2K Games, hitting more than 6.85 million downloads since its August 2014 launch. Wrestlemania, WWE’s biggest annual event, takes place March 29 so the game is getting a big update. The new “Wrestlemania” rarity level is even powerful than Survivor Series cards, giving the game nine rarity more »

Download free Fast and Furious Forza Horizon 2 game today

Microsoft is all about the entertainment partnerships, and has teamed with Universal Studios to deliver an adventure based on likely blockbuster “Furious 7.” A standalone adventure set in the “Fast and the Furious” film universe based on is now available to download. In this game, mechanic Tej Parker (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) needs you to get cars more »

Xbox Live Update for the week of March 25, 2015

There’s no better price for a game than free. has a free “Furious 7″ themed standalone expansion. Players can drive 11 cars from the upcoming flick and take on missions given out by Ludacris’ character. You don’t even need a copy of the game to download this expansion. It’s free from March 27 – April more »

Nerf Alert: Evolve’s Wraith finally gets a balance change

As I mentioned in an earlier column, Evolve’s Wraith was head and invisible shoulders above the other monsters in Turtle Rock’s shooter. A patch already active on PC and coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next week will make some adjustments to a creature that the stats say was just too strong. After the more »

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Beast of Burden: How Evolve became 2015’s biggest disappointment

Evolve was impressive enough that Take-Two paid more than $10 million for it in THQ’s bankruptcy auction. It won four critic awards at E3 2014, including Game of Show. But Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz estimates it has moved only 300,000 units, and will peak at 1.5 million sold. There are only around 5,000 people more »

Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey talks Advanced Warfare’s best guns

There are numerous components to a good loadout, but it all starts with the gun. Some like to run and gun, some prefer to snipe, and others prefer to get up close and personal with the shotgun. There are always weapons that rise above the pack, however. The co-founder of the studio that created is more »

Xbox One April update finally fixes achievement notification

I love some Xbox achievements. On the 360 there was nothing I enjoyed more than hearing that little “plink,” annd seeing what task I had accomplished. On the Xbox One, I’ve come to hate it because checking the achievements is such a hassle. Microsoft has heard our complaints, and an April  update currently in preview more »

Twitch suffers security breach

Another day, another hack of a popular site. Twitch’s official blog is warning users that their accounts may have been compromised. When users log in again, they’ll need to change their password. Twitch has also disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube. You’ll also want to change any passwords you’re using that are similar to your more »

Advanced Warfare Ascendance maps will use grappling hook

Grappling on buildings was one of the most fun things to do in the  campaign. So I was sad I couldn’t do it in multiplayer. Soon we’ll be able to, at least on the maps in the Ascendance DLC. Ascendance will deliver four new maps, a new weapon and more content for Exo Zombies. The more »