DISC SLOT: K EVIN ST EPHENS

They make the games we love, but what do they play for fun? We ask de­vel­op­ers to pick their faves from Xbox his­tory. This month: Kevin Stephens

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I was one of those rare peo­ple that ac­tu­ally wasn’t a big Halo player on the first Xbox. For me, when I think about shoot­ers, it’s Call Of Duty 2. I thought that was in­cred­i­ble. That was when I was like, “Okay, shoot­ers on con­soles are real.”

As­sas­sin’s Creed 2 [1] on the Xbox 360 was the first game that I got all the Achieve­ments for. They took the ideas from the first one, they pol­ished it and that worked really well. It was this open-world. I could climb on ev­ery­thing, I could do what I wanted to do. And I loved the char­ac­ter. I paid at­ten­tion [to the story] and was ac­tu­ally sur­prised when things hap­pened. I play Minecraft [2] with my kids all the time. But I play it on the Xbox 360, ac­tu­ally. I think the Xbox 360 is such a great plat­form. On Xbox One, it’s GTA V [3]. It’s such a great game. What can’t you say about GTA? An­other one of the Xbox 360 era was Limbo [4]. I

really liked Limbo. That was, I think, the first game I down­loaded on Xbox Live Ar­cade and thought, “Okay, there’s some­thing to this whole smaller ex­pe­ri­ence and shorter [play] time.” The other one was Tri­als HD. Those were my two favourite Xbox Live Ar­cade games. As I’ve got­ten older, I’ve played more of what my kids play. I love the Lego games. They’re great on Xbox One. There are so many. My son’s to­tally into Lego Di­men­sions [5]. With­out me call­ing out our own games... I think Mid­dle-Earth: Shadow Of Mor­dor is one of my favourite games. Hon­estly, on Xbox One, I got all the Achieve­ments. Some of them were hard.

Kevin Stephens Stu­dio Head at Mono­lith Pro­duc­tions Stephens helms the stu­dio re­spon­si­ble for the orc-tas­tic Mid­dle-Earth: Shad­owOfMor­dor, and the up­com­ing

Shad­owOfWar. See pages 48 to 61 if you don’t be­lieve us.

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