Looks like Microsoft is going full charge for the release of the new Titanfall, and it’s doing so by making it the first Xbox One title to have pre load and pre purchase functionality.
Here is what is written on the Xbox Games Store website: (link which has now been taken down)
“Pre-purchase: You will be charged the full price immediately for this pre-purchase. Xbox One game expected to release on March 11th, 2014. You may download the game from Xbox Live before then, but it will not be playable until after 12:01 AM PST on the release date in your country.”
Normally with Xbox One games are only available for download digitally on the day of release. But for Titanfall, the game will be made available for download sometime before its March 11 release date. The Xbox Games Store also reveals the download size of the game at 15.88 GB.
It is a smart move from Microsoft’s part as I’m sure many Xbox One players will want to get into the game as quickly as possible.
Today Microsoft has announced the Xbox One Media Remote coming to the US and UK at the beginning of March.
Motion-activated backlit buttons are included on the rear of the Xbox One Media Remote for easier use under low-lit conditions.
The Xbox One Media Remote will be priced at $24.99 in the US, with previous reports suggesting it will cost £19.99 in the UK.
The accessory enables users to control Blu-ray playback and video streaming on the console, as well as TV/Receiver power and volume through Kinect.
The media remote features dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons, with the latter providing instant access to the user’s favourite content.
Motion-activated backlit buttons are included on the rear of the Xbox One Media Remote for easier use under low-lit conditions.
Starting from tomorrow Microsoft will begin “testing” deals for digital versions of Xbox One games, starting with Crytek’s Ryse.
From tomorrow 18th February until 24th February, Ryse will be available for $39.99 on the US Xbox One games store, as opposed to the $59.99 it currently costs. With the UK pricing of £34.99 on the UK Xbox One games store, as opposed to the £49.99 it currently costs.
The news was announced on Twitter by Xbox studio manager Mike Ybarra (XboxQwik), who stated the temporary price drop was a response to player feedback.
“Lot of people asked for better deals on our digital marketplace,” Ybarra said, “So we’re testing some, and [from] 2/18 through 2/24 you can get Ryse: Son of Rome off digital marketplace for $39.99. Special deal on add ons starts 2/25.”
He added: “That’s far better than the used price at GameStop and others! Go digital!”
Last month Larry Hryb who is the Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb said that Microsoft plans to make the prices of its digital games more competitive in the future.
“We have some great stuff planned for Xbox One this year (and beyond),” he told a Reddit thread. “As soon as we can share some of the goodness, we will.”
Hryb was then asked if Microsoft’s plans included competitive pricing for digital downloads. His reply: “It is indeed on the agenda.”
With the release of the Titanfall beta, we have some gameplay videos to share with you.
All of the videos were captured on an Xbox One at a special Titanfall preview event in London.
Titanfall Training Modules 1 through 10 on Xbox One
Titanfall Training Modules 11 onwards on Xbox One
Titanfall Fracture Attrition Gameplay video 1 on Xbox One
Titanfall Hardpoint Domination Angel City Gameplay video 1 on Xbox One
Titanfall Angel City Attrition Gameplay video 1 on Xbox One
Titanfall Angel City Attrition Gameplay video 2 on Xbox One
Titanfall Fracture Last Titan Standing Part One Gameplay video 1 on Xbox One
Titanfall Fracture Last Titan Standing Part Two Gameplay video 1 on Xbox One
And thank you to Xbox for the beta code to play in this weekends beta.
The Untold Stories DLC continues and in Episode 2 we get to kill some more zombies, this time playing as Angel Quijano, the feisty South American female protagonist. What separates Angel from you generic tough female leads out there is the fact that she’s an alcoholic, which I must say is a first to my recollection. ‘Fallen Angel’ opens with the same introduction video that explains the mysterious Big Brother-like figure has been watching the four DLC characters. Angel falls under the “Redemption” tagline this time and opens with Doug, the leader of the resistance survivors, ordering you lay of the booze.
Starting out in a barricaded school you’re tasked with investigating why the Spec Ops are killing non-infected survivors from the city and challenged with destroying surveillance cameras as part of the main side mission. Within the first 20 minutes I had questioned whether this episode was going to just be similar to the previous episode and have us running around doing pointless chores but this all became fun when I came across some of the new DLC weapons. Mixing medical deliberators and an assault rifle creates the incredibly over powered Shockblaster gun that instantly kills zombies, anything nearby and works at incredible range. But the award for the most dangerously dominant firearm in the DLC so far goes to the Machine Pistols that literally lets you run and gun with assisted auto aim with the
ability to clear out the densest of hordes. Having these weapons is a must but also makes this episode much easier.
The story does however pick up when you have to do some actual investigating searching for clues as to who are killing your people and for what reason, but other than that it’s still Dead Rising 3 and there’s things that still need to be sliced, diced and blown up. I’d honestly say after playing through this episode twice I struggle to pull out a great memorable moments and has quickly become forgettable. It is literally a series of fetching quests and clearing out zombies and Spec Ops tasks tied together with Doug’s consistent dialogue of reminding you to not get carried away with drinking and focus on the mission. To be fair having a partner like Doug would drive me to do quite the opposite to what he says just to drown out hearing how terrible I’ve now become, consumed by alcohol because the city is now infested by the undead.
Now only halfway through the Untold Stories I get the impression that the remaining episodes could potentially be another copy and pasted set of missions with a new skin but same tasks. I hope I’m proved wrong. For the asking price of £8 outside of the Season Pass I’d say it’s an expensive hour of additional content and perhaps buy it in a bundle.
Wargaming has announced that World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is now available globally. Custom built specifically for the Xbox 360, World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition brings World of Tanks’ trademark 15 versus 15 team-based tactical online tank action and free-to-play accessibility to the 48 million Xbox Live gamers around the globe.
Published by Microsoft Studios and developed by Wargaming West (formerly Day 1 Studios), World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is digitally downloadable and free-to-play for Xbox Live Gold account holders, with an additional 7-day timed trial for all other Xbox Live account holders. The title features all new intuitive controls, integration of Xbox Live features like Friends, Parties, Achievements and a custom user interface designed for the large screen experience. World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition also features in-game purchases such as premium tanks, consumables and premium accounts to boost experience and currency accrual rates.
At launch World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition features more than a hundred iconic tanks from three separate nations—the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as seven different maps. The game will be expanded with additional tanks, nations and more in the future.
“World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is a tremendous leap forward for Wargaming,” said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. “Not only does this release mark the company’s very first title on console it also presents us the opportunity to bring World of Tanks to a tremendously passionate new audience of gamers around the world.”
Available until February 28th, two special “Founder’s Packs” of content will be available at launch, each containing special premium tanks, resources and items at a reduced gold price of almost 40% off.
Founders Pack 1 will contain the US Tier VII T23 medium tank, an extra garage slot, 17 premium ammo rounds, a 100% trained crew, 10 small repair kits, 10 small first aid kits, 10 manual fire extinguishers, an exclusive gold star emblem and 30 days of premium account status for the price of 6,700 gold.
Founders Pack 2 will contain the German Tier V PzKpfw V-IV medium tank, an extra garage slot, 19 premium ammo rounds, a 100% trained crew, 5 small repair kits, 5 small first aid kits, 5 manual fire extinguishers, an exclusive black star emblem and 7 days of premium account status for the price of 3,400 gold.
Players who purchase both packs will also receive a bonus Russian T-127 light premium tank.
Today Microsoft and Rare have announced that “Kinect Sports Rivals” will be available exclusively on Xbox One on 8th April in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and on 11th April in Europe. Whether fans are looking to tackle the new sports like climbing, wake racing and target shooting or experience the re-imagined fan favourites, soccer, tennis and bowling with the power of Xbox One and the new Kinect will deliver next-gen motion sports gameplay like never before.
“Kinect Sports Rivals” is the first title to take full advantage of all the new Xbox One capabilities, including the new Kinect sensor and Xbox Live, and is beautifully rendered 1080p HD. “Kinect Sports Rivals” is built entirely from the ground up to take advantage of all that Xbox One has to offer to create a more tailored and immersive experience than was never possible before. For the first time in motion-based games, subtle movements and timing are tracked with precision – now every move you make matters and every decision is critical to secure your victory. Additionally, players have an all new way to get in the game with Champions, a stylized on-screen version of themselves that participates in each of the challenges and continues to compete with friends, even if the player isn’t there.
To take the competition to the next level, “Kinect Sports Rivals” is bringing a new level of depth to the game with the introduction of teams and captains. For the first time in franchise history, players will choose one of three epic teams, each with a unique identity, ethos, and equipment attributes that can prove valuable in competition. Each team will also provide players with gameplay tips and motivation, and will join in certain challenges to take on rivals. Led by Vargu, the members of Wolf Clan are island natives with a primal and uninhibited nature and a culture that prizes excellence. Eagle Legion is a loyal and honourable group that, under the leadership of Blake, have formalized the various events on this island and defeated countless teams in the process. Finally, Viper Network, led by Zara, is the newest addition to the island, bringing with it a crafty and ambitious drive coupled with a corporate sponsorship. Each of these teams will issue unique challenges and invite players to join their team. It’s YOU versus the world. Which team will you choose?
Turtle Beach has announced that the company’s highly anticipated line of Xbox One compatible headsets will be available at retail on 7th March worldwide. The XO Series headsets including the XO FOUR and XO SEVEN were first announced in the summer of 2013. Turtle Beach remains one of only two companies to date that has announced it will make officially-licensed headsets for the Xbox One console.
The Ear Force XO SEVEN (UK SRP £129.99) is a premium headset built on the foundation of the tournament-grade SEVEN Series, with premium finishes including a padded headband and noise isolating ear cups with memory foam cushions. It also features interchangeable speaker plates so users can customise the look of their headset. The XO SEVEN is compatible with mobile devices and comes with has a detachable boom mic and a breakaway mobile cable with an in-line mic for phone calls and audio chat. The Ear Force XO FOUR (UK SRP £89.99) has a 3.5mm cable for use with mobile devices and a detachable boom mic.
The Ear Force XO SEVEN (£129.99)
“Our partners, retailers and distributors are all reporting that there is significant demand for Xbox One compatible headsets,” said Juergen Stark, Chief Executive Officer at Turtle Beach. “We are happy to share that as of March 7 the best next-generation audio experience will be available to consumers.”
If you remember back when Microsoft first announced the Xbox One, then said that the Xbox 360 headsets wouldn’t work on the new console. Well Microsoft is readying a adapter, which allows compatible third-party headsets to work with the console. In addition, you’ll be able to feed in-game audio to your headset by connecting it to the back of Xbox One’s optical cable via RCA cables.
The Xbox One adaptor will cost £19.99/€22.99 and $24.99
For $79.99, £59.99 and €69.99 gamers can purchase the newly-announced Xbox One Stereo Headset, also available in early March. The bundle includes the adapter and like the PlayStation stereo headsets, will allow gamers to hear both in-game audio as well as chat. You’ll also be able to balance the game and chat audio levels to hear exactly what you want.
Today Mircosoft have announced that the first proper update coming to the Xbox One next Tuesday the 11th February. This update will features many new improvements, including lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features that Xbox One fans will love, stability and product updates to improve the customer experience, and continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice so commands become more fluid and responsive over time.
Some of the features you can expect to see on February 11 include:
- The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
- The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
- And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.
But this update next Tuesday isn’t the last one with a second update coming on the 4th March to get ready for Titanfall. This update will contain many new features and improvements, most significantly to Xbox One party and multiplayer systems.
Today Rare introduced the “Kinect Sports Rivals” Preseason International Champions, a global wake racing contest where players can compete on behalf of their country to see which player deserves to take home the gold. Since the launch of “Kinect Sports Rivals” Preseason (which includes the free wake racing trial experience) last November, nearly 1 million fans have downloaded the game and taken to the open waters to earn their stripes. Now, those fans can put their skills to the ultimate international test against the best in the world. Kinect Sports Rivals is out this spring only on Xbox One.
“We’re blown away with the amount of downloads and the great feedback from gamers ‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ Preseason has seen so far,” said Danny Isaac, executive producer for the game. “I’m so excited to see which country has the best players and who will ultimately be crowned the world champion.”
Starting Saturday, 1st February, players can compete to represent their country on the in-game national and international leaderboards by setting the best race time for their country and the world. When the challenge wraps on Friday, 28th February, the best contestant will be crowned the world champion and will receive an in-game gold-encrusted wake racer. Additionally, everyone who sets the best time in their country will be rewarded for being a national champion and will get a silver-encrusted wake racer as a runner-up prize. Finally, to honour the nation that the world champion competed in, all the players from the winning country can celebrate by unlocking a special wake racer inspired by that country’s flag. There are also daily challenges for everyone to earn points and unlock prizes that are only available during February. All prizes will lead to eternal bragging rights when the winner takes these exclusives into the full game of “Kinect Sports Rivals” when it launches.
New players can join the “Kinect Sports Rivals” Preseason International Champions fun by downloading the free trial experience through Xbox Live Dashboard on your console or via hitting this link.
To participate in the “Kinect Sports Rivals” Preseason International Champions and claim your place on top of the leaderboards, you must download the “Kinect Sports Rivals” Hub, a companion app that features these challenges, leaderboards, and prizes via this link.
Any excuse to go back to the city of Los Perdidos where Dead Rising 3 is set pretty much excites me. This living breathing world, no pun intended, filled with zombies is home to Episode 1 of the DLC ‘Operation Broken Eagle’.
Set before the events of the main campaign this episode opens up with a video that
explains that there are 4 others stories that took place under the watchful eyes of a mysterious character, very creepy. Broken Eagle puts you in control of Spec Ops Commander Adam Kane with a very unorthodox mission.
Available as part of the Season Pass this single episode alone gave me a different take on my Dead Rising 3 experience. With additional new weapons, 1 new combo weapon and a new vehicle this is a fine example of furthering an original game’s playability. The main mission is to establish a base camp and neutralise all “unlawful combatants, which includes the President of the United States. Being top secret, after your helicopter crashes with your troops being scattered throughout the city your new objective will be to recover the aircraft’s
black box and finding your team, what a crazy turn of events Kane will have to encounter that night.
Without any countdown timers for any of the missions you can literally take your time to explore the city if you hadn’t had the chance to during the original campaign. Just beware that the army are amongst the zombie hordes so it isn’t a walk in the park but enough challenge to keep you on your toes. Who knew capturing the President would be so challenging?
Kane is full of witty remarks as he tears through zombie flesh but also respectful for any fallen comrades he stumbles across whether they’re dead or turned and have to be killed. He quickly becomes a protagonist torn between his duties in this post-apocalyptic environment and his fight for survival, a great insight into a mercenary’s approach from Capcom. Available with it’s own Nightmare mode just like in the campaign it more than makes up for the fact
this DLC doesn’t have cooperative play.
It took me several hours to complete this and I’m intrigued to finding out what other untold stories from Los Perdidos will reveal.
Operation Broken Eagle is available now on the Xbox One.
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