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Official Xbox Magazine January 2019

Official Xbox Magazine is North America's only all-Xbox monthly publication, dedicated to delivering the latest information on the hottest current and upcoming Xbox games. Each issue comes packed with breaking details and first looks, as well as more in-depth commentary and expert analysis on all of the latest trends and thriving culture that surrounds the games industry. 

United States
Future Publishing Limited US
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13 Issues


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happy new year!

Our cover game this month is a brand new remake of a very old and very classic game. Resident Evil 2 was first out in 1998, and we’re so excited to see it rebooted for Xbox One with suitable affection for what made the original tick. Turn to page 44 to see what we thought of the remake when we got hands-on with Capcom’s survival horror. Meanwhile, it’s that time of year when we take a look back over the games that have made the last year one of the best Xbox has ever had as we revisit OXM’s Games of 2018! There have been some absolute crackers, with some amazing storytelling. So much so that we decided to investigate just what it takes to pen great videogame narrative, and…

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the oxm team

Adam Bryant Staff writer My new year’s resolution is to figure out how to get the magazine to write itself so I can finally make a dent into my enormous back catalogue of games. Warren Brown Senior art editor I need to find more time to play and review current gen games, I’m just about ready to move on from the 8-bit era! Oh and on a grown-up note: buy a house! Russell Lewin Production editor Get a pair of reading glasses; go to four new foreign countries; eat at more curry houses this year; get to 13 stone (that may clash with the former); go to Wrexham. Robin Valentine Contributor Finish all my half-completed games from 2018; finish assembling and painting my Warhammer army; make some actual progress in Red Dead Redemption 2.…

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Exciting times in the world of Xbox as Microsoft announces the integration of two new studios, Obsidian and InXile (p8), adding to its ever-growing stable of fantastic game makers. Both are known as RPG focused developers, so we’re excited to see what’s in store for Xbox in the coming year. It certainly looks like we’ll be getting a lot more Xbox exclusives in the future! Elsewhere this month we were busy helping decide on who would be the recipients of a prestigious Golden Joysticks award for 2018’s best games. Find out who were this year’s winners on p12. We have news for Final Fantasy fans, as Hajime Tabata, the director of XV, quits Square Enix to work on his own new project. What will it mean for the series? Find…

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a call to adventure

At this year’s E3, Microsoft used its press conference as a statement of intent. Announcing four developer acquisitions (Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games and Undead Labs) and the formation of new studio The Initiative, it made its message clear: the future is bright, green, and full of Xbox exclusives. And it looks like that was just the beginning. At the X018 event in November, two more developers officially joined Microsoft – Obsidian and inXile – bringing the total number of internal studios to an impressive 13. Considering that less than a year ago there were only five, it represents a serious shift in priorities, especially coming in the wake of high-profile cancellations such as Scalebound and Fable Legends. A big part of the impetus is Xbox Game Pass. The service has…

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oxm says

Chris Burke Microsoft continuing to bring more developers under its wing has got to be a brilliant thing for Xbox gamers. Alongside Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Undead Labs and Compulsion, it surely means more Xbox exclusives coming our way. Robin Valentine These guys are some of the best storytellers in the business, and I love that Microsoft appreciates that. While the old-school revival has been a blast, I’m excited to see both of these studios working on some more modern projects. Adam Bryant This is such great news for fans of RPGs, myself included. Add these acquisitions to the others that Microsoft has already made and it sets Xbox up beautifully for the next generation. I’m excited for some brand new franchises.…

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the best quests

STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC II: THE SITH LORDS Unwieldy title aside, this is one of the best Star Wars games there’s ever been, finding a rich seam of story in the space between the light and dark sides of the Force. FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS You can tell Obsidian’s Black Isle veterans relished having Fallout back in their hands, investing their Mojave wasteland with a uniquely quirky charm and an incredible sense of player freedom. WASTELAND 2 It can’t have been easy making an RPG in 2014 that feels like a true sequel to a 1988 game, but inXile balanced old and new with style. And how can you not love being able to put skill points into ‘Toaster Repair’? TORMENT: TIDES OF NUMENERA This spiritual successor has big shoes to fill – the original…