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Top Ten MMOs of All Time (According to Metacritic)

31 Dec
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Aggregate review scores can be a good thing. While not as prominent as it once was, Metacritic contains a wealth of useful information for consumers and industry analysts alike. 

We've compiled a listing of the current top ten MMOs of all time, based on their global rankings on Metacritic. Along the way, we also picked up some interesting nuggets of information that speak volumes about not only how MMOs are viewed by the video gaming industry as a whole, but also the overall impact of new releases in 2015. Some examples include:

  • No MMOs are present within the current top 100 games of all time on any platform (the highest ranking MMO falls a bit short with a global rank of 153)
  • Only one game released in 2015 reached the top 100: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Fallout 4 - a game that has topped multiple Game of the Year lists for 2015 - only managed to achieve a peak global rank of 624 on Xbox One, with a critic score of 88.
  • According to critics, Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force (Xbox 360) is considered a better game than Star Wars: The Old Republic. Aggregate review scores can also be a bad thing, apparently.

A couple of quick notes before we dive into the list:

  • The rankings below do not reflect the opinions or critical review scores of Ten Ton Hammer or its staff - rankings are based wholly on aggregate Metacritic rankings
  • In cases where mulitple rankings are present for a given title based on cross-platform releases, we went with the highest rank achieved unless otherwise noted

So without further delay, let’s dive right into the current list!

TOP TEN MMOS OF ALL TIME - BASED ON CURRENT METACRITIC RANKINGS
World of Warcraft is the highest ranked MMO of all time, but over time has dropped out of the Top 100 with a current Global Rank of 153. It also holds the distinction of being one of only a handful of base games to outrank every one of its own expansions.

Guild Wars 2 earned a 94/100 in the original review on Ten Ton Hammer published in 2012. It is the only MMORPG to be awarded Ten Ton Hammer's Game of the Year award more than once, including the Best of 2015 Awards.

Phantasy Star Online is often overlooked in discussions about classic MMOs, but has proven to be incredibly influential over time. Skyforge, for example, is considered by many to draw heavy inspiration from PSO.

The original Guild Wars Prophecies campaign (listed on Metacritic simply as Guild Wars) was not intended to be an MMO when first released. Over time, however, consumers played it like an MMO regardless of genre classifications, which helped pave the way for Guild Wars 2 to be developed as a proper MMOG.

EVE Online is perfect example of why revisiting review scores for an MMO can be a good thing. MMOs tend to evolve dramatically over time, and by the time the Special Edition for EVE was released in 2009, critics largely agreed that the game had improved immensely over time (the original release only managed to achieve an aggregate score of 69 back in 2003).

Dark Age of Camelot continues to influence modern MMO design when it comes to large-scale faction-based combat systems. Titles like Guild Wars 2 and The Elder Scrolls Online have RvR systems in place that draw heavy inspiration from DAoC, and of course there is also the in-development Camelot Unchained.

Warhammer Online was hailed by critics as one of the best new MMOs in the post-World of Warcraft era, but also helps illustrate how high review scores at launch don't always mean a healthy long-term prospect.

Final Fantasy XIV has a long and storied history, but one with a bright future thanks to a successful reboot in 2013. Interestingly enough, the PS4 release the following spring achieved even higher review scores than its PC counterpart 8 months earlier.

The impact of City of Heroes on the MMO industry is difficult to summarize with a few brief statements. It not only brought us our first proper super hero themed MMO, but raised the bar for character customization to levels previously unheard of within the genre. The critical reception at launch was strong, though it has since been overshadowed by the even stronger reaction from fans at the time of its closure.

In a perfect world, EverQuest (along with Ultima Online)should rightfully be at the top of just about any "best of all time" lists when it comes to its overall impact on the MMO genre. One could certainly argue that World of Warcraft likely wouldn't hold its current global ranking were it not for the major influencing role played by EQ.

Top 5 Defining Moments for Western League of Legends in 2015

31 Dec
Top 5 Defining Moments for Western League of Legends in 2015
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The 2015 season brought a ton of incredible moments for the world of League of Legends. Before the year really started, we had an idea that it was going to be a good one, but no one really knew exactly what we were in for. To say the year was full of surprises would be an understatement, but in the most positive of ways.

The game has provided us with memorable moments all over the world, but on this last day of 2015, let’s take a look back at the top 5 events that defined Western League of Legends eSports. The following list is in chronological order, and is, of course, completely subjective.

 

5) Fnatic finishes the first undefeated season in LCS history

 

This achievement was one for the record books. The team of Huni, Reignover, Febiven, Rekkles and Yellowstar became the first squad in LCS history to go undefeated during the regular season, showing off just how dominant they truly were. There was no question that they were the best team in Europe during the 2015 Summer Split, and they capped it off by not losing a single game in the playoffs, up until the finals against Origen.

Unfortunately, the band couldn’t stay together, as only Febiven and Rekkles will remain with Fnatic for the 2016 season. Even so, the 2015 version of the team will live in history as perhaps the best team the LCS (in either EU or NA) has ever seen.

 

4) Counter Logic Gaming finally hoists a trophy

 

Over in North America, there was a different kind of history being made. Counter Logic Gaming is one of the region’s oldest organizations, and yet had never truly found their way to the top. The 2015 Summer Split was a different story, however, as CLG finally became kings of NA. There was no better way for them to do it, as they became champions by sweeping long-time rival Team SoloMid in the NA LCS playoffs, in a series that was never even close.

CLG is going to look quite different in the coming year after the departures of Doublelift and Pobelter, but no matter what happens from here on, they will no longer be the team that could never quite seal the deal.

 

3) Origen goes from Challenger team to Worlds semi-finalists

 

When xPeke left Fnatic to form his own organization, it was difficult to know what to expect. However, he knew exactly what he was doing, putting together the perfect blend of veteran experience and young talent. Origen tore through the Challenger scene in the Spring of 2015, and continued their dominance once they entered the LCS in the Summer. They became the only team to win even a single game against Fnatic, but didn’t stop there.

Origen showed the world they are, indeed, a top-tier team, making it all the way to the semi-finals of the World Championships, taking out the Flash Wolves in the first round of the playoffs. They fell to eventual champions SKT, but there’s certainly no shame in that. Origen also recently took first place at IEM San Jose, and being one of the few European teams to not undergo major roster changes this offseason (with the exception of adding PowerOfEvil), they go into the 2016 season as favorites in their region.

 

2) “The gap is closing”

 

It’s become little more than a meme at this point, the idea put forth by a member of Riot Games that “the gap is closing” (referring to the skill level of Korean teams compared to the rest of the world.) Western teams would certainly like to believe that this is true, and they’re doing everything they can to attempt to fulfill this prophecy. However, it didn’t really happen in 2015. For the first time, the World Championship finals featured two Korean teams, and SK Telecom T1 became the first repeat champions.

We’ll have to wait and see what next year holds, but 2015 showed that, without a doubt, Korea is still the team to beat in competitive League of Legends.

 

1) Notable departures

 

This offseason has seen some noteworthy names retire as players, including Team SoloMid’s Marcus “Dyrus” Hill and Cloud9’s Daerek “LemonNation” Hart. In addition, we saw Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng leave CLG, only to join their archrival TSM.

Over in Europe, Gambit Gaming is gone from the pro scene (at least for the time being), while Elements will field a brand new roster. Legendary mid laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen is still without a team, and his future is uncertain. This has truly been an offseason rife with upheaval, and both regions of the LCS are going to look vastly different in 2016.

 

These were some of the biggest moments that defined 2015, but now it’s time to look forward to the new year. This writer, for one, can’t wait to see what’s in store.

PoohManDu Rejoins SK Telecom T1 as Coach

31 Dec
PoohManDu Rejoins SK Telecom T1 as Coach
League of Legends
eSports

Lee "PoohManDu" Jeong-hyeon was the starting Support player for SK Telecom T1 K when they won the Season 3 World Championships, and was an outstanding player at that time. For a variety of reasons, he ended up leaving the organization in the late part of 2014, joining up with Invictus Gaming in December of that year. Now, he's come back to the organization that helped him become a star.

While PoohManDu's playing days are behind him, SK Telecom T1 has announced that he has returned as a Coach for the organization's League of Legends team. He will be joining, not replacing, legendary coach Kim "KkOma" Jeong-gyun in working with the team. There's no doubt that the former player has plenty of insight to help his former team, and should be a valuable addition to SKT.

The organization also announced the signing of jungler Kang "Blank" Sun-gu, and it is assumed that he will serve as a substitute player for two-time world champion Bae "bengi" Seong-ung. Blank does not have much professional experience, but it's expected he'll get his first opportunity to make a name for himself in the coming year.

WhatsApp users across world suffer outages due to technical glitch

31 Dec
The messaging app went down on one of the busiest days of the year.

Destiny Xur predictions 1-1-16 agent of the nine inventory

31 Dec

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Heroes of the Storm: Tassadar Build Guide

31 Dec
Heroes of the Storm: Tassadar Build Guide
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Overview

Tassadar is a ranged support Hero that can provide powerful shielding to his allies as well as vision. His ultimate abilities also bring damage or utility. In recent months his popularity has surged due to his presence on many competitive teams. The fact he can provide shielding but also uncover areas of the map allows your team to adjust their tactics against the enemy. Combined with two warriors, this mix allows for a team with high sustain without necessarily needing a dedicated healer. I will add however that to play Tassadar well takes a lot of skill and you need to know exactly which Heroes to shield and when.

Guide Updated: 01 December 2015

Pros

Cons

Very powerful shielding

Relies heavily on a competent team around him 

Capable of revealing areas of the map 

Difficult to master

His Force Wall ultimate is amazing in a team fight  

He’s all utility rather than a Hero offering high damage

He can cloak, allowing him to escape easily

 

Amazing counter pick to Zeratul or Nova

 

Abilities

 

Oracle (Trait) - Oracle allows Tassadar, every 40 seconds, to reveal an area around him. It’s rather large and uncovers anyone hidden in smoke or bushes. Best of all, it also reveals cloaked enemies such as Nova or Zeratul. It’s invaluable at providing your team with vision before engaging and should be used as often as possible.

Plasma Shield (Q) - The primary Tassadar skill, Plasma Shield provides himself or an ally with a shield. It scales really well and can allow your team to survive for much longer, especially if you have a healer and the fact it only has a 5 second cooldown. It’s also important to note that the shield is 50% stronger when used on allies instead of yourself.

Psionic Storm (W) - Your primary damage ability, Psionic Storm creates a small AOE pool of electricity. Lasting for 3 seconds, its damage isn’t amazing but it provides useful area denial.

Dimensional Shift (E) - Probably the best escape skill in the game, Dimensional Shift allows Tassadar to turn completely invisible and invulnerable for 1.5 seconds. It doesn’t should like a lot, but its duration is long enough that you’re almost guaranteed to escape.

Archon (Ultimate) - His “offensive” ultimate ability, Archo allows Tassadar to transform. Gaining a significant shield and basic attack damage boost, it’s a good skill to take if your team really lacks damage. Best of all, it lasts 12.5 seconds and makes your attacks splash enemies hit.

Force Wall (Ultimate) - I argue it’s his best ultimate ability, Force Wall creates a barrier in front of Tassadar. You can place it anywhere and its width ensures foes will struggle to move around it. At that point, it’s your team's opportunity to pounce on them and finish them off. Best of all, Force Wall can also be used defensively when you’re retreating. 

Talents

Level 1: Overload

Having an extended reach on Psionic Storm thanks to Overload is excellent for poke. It allows you to attack from afar, prevent objectives being captured and still deal some damage. 

Level 4: Mental Acuity 

Mental Acuity reduces the cooldown of Oracle by 20 seconds, allowing you to make use of vision much more often. 

Level 7: Khala's Embrace

With Khala's Embrace, players affected by Tassadar's Plasma Shield will see a portion of it retained permanently after 5 seconds. It's amazing if you use it just before a fight as it allows you to protect allies much easier. It's a must have. 

Level 10: Force Wall

Force Wall is invaluable at allowing your team to trap or split an enemy team and it's incredible at helping you escape if placed behind you.

Variable: Archon is a good alternative only if your team is sorely lacking damage. 

Level 13: Shrink Ray

Shrink Ray allows you to reduce the damage and speed of one target by 50% for 4 seconds. It's amazing against assassins such as The Butcher or Thrall or even a warrior that's getting too close for comfort. 

Level 16: Dimensional Warp

When you use Dimensional Shift you'll now gain 50% extra movement speed and heal a fair amount. Dimensional Warp is great for staying alive during a difficult team fight.

Variable: For extra area denial and damage, take Second Strike. It allows you to quickly place two Psionic Storm's.

Level 20: Rewind

Rewind provides Tassadar with two shields - an absolute must in a team fight. In addition, you can also lay four Psionic Storm's if you took Second Strike and of course, two uses for Dimensional Shift. 

Matchups

These Hero Threat Levels (1 being lowest threat and 10 being highest threat) are to help you determine which enemy Heroes can give you a headache. For the Heroes listed here, take extra care as they're particularly dangerous for Tassadar. 

Hero

Threat 

The Butcher: Lamb to the Slaughter combined with Butcher's Brand will absolutely destroy you. Without Dimensional Shift, you're going to take tons of damage. 

8/10

Kael'Thas: Gravity Well can really ruin your play as Tassadar. It'll force you to shield yourself or at the very least use your escape skill. 

7/10

Jaina: She's a huge threat because of her ability to slow you. If you don't have Dimensional Shift, you can be in serious trouble. 

8/10

Kerrigan: Considering you both have self shielding, Kerrigan usually comes out on top because of her elite but also her ability to interrupt you. You can also struggle to escape because of her pull. 

7/10

 

Leoric: Purely because of his self healing and ability to slow you, Leoric is a real nuisance that you'll never really be able to kill.

8/10

Tips

This list of tips and tricks are just a handful of things we think will help your Tassadar play. We'll continue to add to the list as required and if you have any tips you'd like to share, let us know in the comments below and we'll place them here. 


1. Always try to use Plasma Shield on the target most likely to take damage. Protect your front line or your squishy assassins.

2. Try to save Force Wall for two key moments: escaping or trapping low health enemies from escaping.

3. Only use Dimensional Shift when low health, or to reposition in a fight so that you can stand somewhere safely.

4. Because Dimensional Shift makes you invulnerable, it’s perfect to use when you’re about to take huge damage.

5. With practice you can learn to see Nova and Zeratul’s cloak. Be sure to use Oracle when you see them nearby.

6. Always use Oracle before engaging or using an objective so you don’t get ambushed.

7. Later game you can use your Plasma Shield on an ally and if it disappears, 50% of it will remain permanently. Try to do this on all your team.

8. Psionic Storm is great for ranged poking an enemy team due to its duration and it being an AOE field.

9. You can use Psionic Shield to protect structures when under attack.

10. Towards late game Tassadar has incredible utility - maximise this by using Shrink Ray, your Shield and Rewind.

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Just Cause 3 Multiplayer Mod Is On Its Way; Trailer Revealed

31 Dec

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Oculus Rift Will Be Bundled With Free Copy of Lucky’s Tale

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Amazon’s Alexa to retire What’s Hot trending feature

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GTA V ‘Pinnacle of V’ PC Graphics Mod Shut Down Amidst Controversy

31 Dec

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Final Fantasy IX Announced For PC and Mobile; Screenshots and Trailer Released

31 Dec

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XCOM 2 PC System Requirements Revealed; Requires 45 GB Space

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The 10 Best iPhone and Android Games of 2015

31 Dec
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Another year down, another bajillion mobile games played. We’ve seen the good, the bad, the weird; we’ve seen it all.

It’s hard to come up with a truly definitive list of the greatest iPhone and Android games of 2015 with so many different titles in the mix, but looking back at the year that was, there are a few standouts truly deserving of proper recognition.

These are our picks for 2015’s ten very best.

10. Land Sliders

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Like most great mobile games, Land Sliders is simple enough to grasp. Swipe your finger around the screen to move the world beneath your hero’s feet, guiding them to their favorite items and dodging enemies along the way. There’s a soft challenge here; you’ll always hit a wall, yet you’ll feel yourself getting better at Land Sliders with every play. And with plenty of new heroes to unlock, there’s always something to work towards.

Even cooler than the base game, though, was a very mysterious meta-game that the team had concocted with partners all over the world. Elements of the game would lead to real world coordinates, and in those coordinates were USB keys containing clues to solving an in-game puzzle. BRILLIANT.

9. Lifeline…

Image from the original Lifeline, showcasing its clever use of notifications

Fans of interactive fiction have found a lot of love on mobile storefronts in recent years. From the award-winning adaptation of inkle (80 Days, Sorcery!) to original fare by top companies like Tin Man Games, there’s always something great to read and play. Lifeline, by 3 Minute Games, brought something wildly original to the genre this year with something you could never find in a print book: real-time gameplay.

Players communicate with a fictional character as they explore their world in real-time, with text message-style updates whenever they need to reach out to you again. It’s the Tamagotchi of fiction. Lifeline was so successful that it has already spawned two sequels and plenty of imitators — and it’s a trend we hope to see continue in 2016.

8. Downwell

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When it came to games of pure action and finesse, few were as universally loved as Downwell this year. A game of descent, Downwell tasks players to survive as they journey deeper and deeper into a hole filled with monsters, using only their gunboots for protection. Lucky for players, the selection of footwear in Downwell is fairly comprehensive, offering everything from shotguns to lasers.

With upgrades, enemies, and combos galore, Downwell was the gift that kept on giving for twitch-loving action gamers in 2015.

7. Heroki

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If you’re a gamer of a certain age, you’ve probably spent a lot of your life quietly hoping for a game that gives you the same sense of side-scrolling wonder and joy that you once felt as a kid. Heroki is that game.

Reinventing 90’s quality platforming by removing the platforms, Heroki is a game about a propeller-headed protagonist flying through intricately crafted stages, unlocking pathways and collecting goodies along the way. Give your inner child plenty of reason to smile. Play Heroki.

6. Call of Champions

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There are certain genres that seem like a natural fit for mobile, yet fail to gain much traction. Until 2014’s release of Vainglory, that would have been a fair way to describe MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games. 2015 saw a few new contenders try to perform at the same level, but only one really wowed us: Call of Champions.

The first MOBA from veteran mobile developers Spacetime Studios, Call of Champions works so well because it doesn’t try to copy the PC-focused MOBA template. Instead Call of Champions streamlines the experience, distilling the MOBA formula down to its bare essentials, and re-building the idea from the ground up for mobile. The end result? Accessible gameplay and five-minute sessions perfectly suited to gaming on the go.

5. Hitman: Sniper

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Minimalism in games is commonly found in their art or gameplay — but what if we step back and look at minimalism as a design philosophy? It may sound strange to describe Hitman: Sniper as a brilliant example of minimalist game design, and yet with only one stage and nigh infinite replayability, that’s exactly what Square Enix Montreal has accomplished here.

Players are given a single, sprawling mansion as their target, and tasked with identifying different targets and completing different objectives each and every round. The replayability that’s been achieved with a single map is staggering. Hitman: Sniper is, without a doubt, the single best sniper game on the App Store or Google Play.

 4. Lara Croft GO

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Taking an existing franchise and turning it into something else isn’t just hard; it’s risky. Many developers who’ve tried have learned pretty quickly that a sub-par, off-genre release can wreak havoc on public perception of their brand. Square Enix, however, seem more than happy to do a little dabbling — and it’s paid off. Lara Croft, star of the Tomb Raider series, appeared in the turn-based puzzle game Lara Croft GO this year (and it was so universally loved that Apple picked it as their Game of the Year).

What made it work so well? The series has always had a strong puzzling element, so the transition to straight-puzzler didn’t violate the spirit of the series. Lara Croft GO still felt like a classic Tomb Raider adventure, even if it was one with plenty of moments to pause and scratch your head.

A winning art style and spectacular puzzle designs certainly didn’t hurt, either.

3. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved

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Few games took us by surprise quite as pleasantly as Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved. The third entry in the series that made twin stick shooters cool again, we approached this one with hesitation. “Could they really bring anything new to the table at this point?”

The answer was a resounding “yes.” Geometry Wars 3 took the twin stick gameplay we already loved, plenty of familiar modes, and then wrapped them — literally — around a 3D playing field. Players circumnavigate a variety of maps as they try to survive, rack up a high score, and more. The addition of level-based gameplay (you’ll move through a map Candy Crush-style) gives players a sense of progress that Geometry Wars had otherwise been lacking. This isn’t old school, endless, high-score gameplay anymore. There are stages and challenges.

This is the Geometry Wars game you never knew you wanted, and yet somehow had been waiting for all along.

2. PAC-MAN 256

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In 2014, Crossy Road launched and gave the world something Konami never could: a Frogger game we refuse to put down. If you’re the studio behind that classic arcade homage, though, how do you follow it up with a release that’s somehow just as appealing?

Two words (and a hyphen): PAC-MAN.

In collaboration with Bandai Namco, Hipster Whale released PAC-MAN 256 this summer; an endless twist on everybody’s favorite arcade game. Players navigate the board in classic PAC-MAN style, but can never go backwards as a glitch (inspired by the very real level 256 glitch) is forever nipping at their heels like digital lava. This time around there are new ghosts with new behaviors, and plenty of power-ups and upgrades that can be unlocked roguelike-style between rounds with the coins you’ve earned.

1. Alphabear

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Spry Fox have never let us down, and 2015 was no exception.

The creators of Triple Town (and Road Not Taken and Leap Day) decided to return to the world of adorable bears in 2015, creating a unique word game that harkens back to the days of their oft-forgotten web-based gem, Panda Poet.

Alphabear challenges players to grow their bears as big as they can by clearing away letters. You can spell a word using any letters on the board, but once spelled, every unused letter has a timer that ticks down. Once the timer reaches zero on a letter, it turns into an unmovable rock that will limit the growth of your ursine companions. The more you play, the more bears you’ll unlock. And they’re not just worth unlocking for their cuteness: each bear will have its own play bonuses attached to it, changing your strategy with every furry friend in play.

With games like Capitals and Jollygrams out there, 2015 was a spectacular year for word games. Alphabear is their king — and our king of mobile games in 2015.

Was your favorite game not on the list? Be sure to read our picks for The 10 Best iPad and Android Tablet Games. Many of them are universal; we just felt they played better on a tablet. 

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Apple accused of slowing down older iPhones with iOS 9 update

31 Dec
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Steam: Hidden Password Prompts Hint at Something Big

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Xbox Elite Controller Supply Shortage Could Last Till March 2016, Says Microsoft

31 Dec

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Champion and Skin Sale: 01.01 – 01.04

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