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Tuesday, July 26

Xbox Games with Gold for August Revealed

For the month of August, Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games – two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 – as part of the Games with Gold program. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Ultimate ($59.99 ERP) for free during the month of August. WWE 2K16 ($39.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from August 16th to September 15th.



On Xbox 360, starting Friday, August 1st, Spelunky ($19.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through August 15th. Then on August 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Beyond Good & Evil HD ($14.99 ERP) for free through August 31st.



Read more about August Games with Gold titles over at Xbox Wire.

*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.

Guess who's coming to dinner on August 23rd? The Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle

Major Nelson has just released the details on when you can get your hands on these new Xbox One S Bundles. Here's the official words from the brand Ambassador. Madden anyone?

Play over 100 console exclusives on the highly anticipated, newly designed Xbox One S, featuring 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming, and High Dynamic Range for games and video. With all the biggest blockbusters this year, plus Xbox 360 backward compatibility titles, and the most advanced multiplayer network, Xbox One S is the ultimate games and entertainment system – starting at $299.

Today, we’re announcing the first set of 500GB and 1TB Xbox One S bundles, the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle and the Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle. Both bundles arrive in stores on August 23 and are available for pre-order starting today.
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Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle

In partnership with EA SPORTS, we’re offering the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle for fans in the U.S. and Canada. Packed with everything a football fan needs to get ready for the season, the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle comes loaded with a 1TB hard drive to play all the biggest blockbusters in Xbox history, a full-game download of Madden NFL 17, seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs and one month of EA Access for $349 USD / $449 CAD. 

And now for a limited time, when you purchase the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle, you’ll get a promotional code for 20 percent off your next order at NFLShop.com (bundles purchased at GameStop will include a physical copy of Madden NFL 17).

Pre-order Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle from Amazon. Do it now!
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Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle

In addition to the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle, we’re also offering the Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle, the ideal way to dive into the world of Xbox One and the iconic Halo universe. The Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle comes with a 500GB or 1TB Xbox One S, matching Xbox Wireless Controller and five games between Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It’s perfect for those looking to relive the Master Chief’s epic journey or battle on the biggest maps in franchise history in Warzone multiplayer.

Both the 500GB and 1TB hard drive options for the Xbox One Halo Collection Bundle will be available at participating retailers, including Microsoft Stores, in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand for $299 USD and $349 USD, respectively. Note that, in the U.S., the 1TB hard drive option will only be available in very limited quantities at select Microsoft Stores and microsoftstore.com. We’ll have more to share about 500GB and 1TB Xbox One S bundles in additional markets next month.

Pre-order Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle from Amazon. Do it now!

We’re continuing to offer our fans the best choices to enjoy the games they want to play, with the people they want to play with and on the devices they want. Whether fans suit up as a Spartan or an NFL quarterback, we look forward to offering them the ultimate gaming and entertainment experiences on Xbox.

Monday, July 25

Halo 6 game campaign review


So is Halo 6's campaign any good?

Halo 6 is out and our review says this is a CRACKER of a Halo game. Capitalizing on the strong development by 343 Industries that saw chapters 4 and 5 breathe strong new life in to the Halo franchise, Halo 6 is a collusion of a game, and a new high point for Cortana and Master Chief.

Let's quickly re-cap the events at the end of Halo 5. The Master-chief had been hunted down by Spartan Locke as he went awol from a mission when he received a message from the presumed Cortana. This chase resulted in the grand reveal of Cortana's plan for the universe - to take it over by control and use of the Guardians she had summons and also by way of the trick she managed to pull of in convincing all known Artificial Intelligence to support her mission - and the key point of the mission appeared to be wiping out sentient life.

We love how Cortana has gone being John's constant A.I. companion with whom he arguably fell in love with, through to a rampant A.I. and arguably to an A.I. just as crazy as the original Guilty Spark.

So, a pretty big cliff hanger ending to Halo 5. How does it play into Halo 6?

Long term Halo fans have been rewarded with a further milestone in the Halo saga. Cortana's mission to annihilate every living thing gives the campaign many moments to shine. Driven along by some sharp missions and set pieces, Halo 6's story is pretty good. Players do not need to know what happened in Halo 5 and 4 but having some knowledge will be handy as at times the game moves fast and certain crucial bits of dialogue are mentioned by squad partners. The first time Halo player will enjoy the game but may struggle to come to grips with everything that's happening in front of them.

She's got the look

This is the second Halo game to be released on the Xbox One. The developers have learned a trick or two about optimization since Halo 5 and have delivered a beautiful looking game that renders extremely well. The continued iterations of Forerunner technology that began in earnest with Halo 4 have produced some fantastic buildings and artifacts to admire and places in which to battle it out with Forerunner enemies. Those enemies have had some sweet design changes too. Knights have had a further upgrade and also appear to have in increased smartness around them – that goes for most of the adversaries you will face in the campaign.

Legendary Mode is still as brutal as ever

Ah yes, the classic mode in which Halo goes from being just a great game to one on the greatest games there ever was. Everyone remembers the deadly sharp shooting Jackals from Halo 2 that became the bain of every campaign player’s life. Well, just like Halo 5, these guys are back with a vengeance. Let’s just say they are a better shot that Stormtroopers! Legendary mode makes Halo simply a different game from Normal or Heroic.

There’s no opportunity to run and gun and it’s incredibly unforgiving if you dare peak out from behind a rock too long! Set pieces often need to be learned and planned out before a methodical approach that has a strong chance of success can be commenced. That was a long winded way of saying you will die a lot in this campaign mode.

Halo Wars 2 Video released by 343

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Halo Wars 2 Video released by 343

Here's a sweet vidoc about what is in store for players who get their hands on Halo Wars 2. Set some 23 years after the events of the original Halo Wars, the crew of the Spirit of Fire find them selves in space near a familiar Forerunner piece of tech that was last scene in Halo 3, the Ark.

Putting the Captain Cutter and the Spirit of Fire in this unique position sets Halo Wars 2 up for an excellent game where the campaign is run in 'isolation' from other events. It also allows for the introduction of what looks to be a pretty handy new bad guy, a beasty brute known as Atriox and his army known as the Banished.

Check out the Vidoc.



Judging by his looks and all round screen presence, I imagine people will be screaming for an Atroix figurine pretty darn quickly.

Pre-order Halo Wars 2 from Amazon today!


Here's the official word from 343 Industries on Halo Wars 2's campaign:

The Return of the Spirit of Fire: Experience a riveting campaign which reintroduces the Spirit of Fire to the current Halo timeline, as Captain Cutter and his crew fight a dangerous new enemy intent on conquering everything in their path. Brought to life through detailed in-game graphics and the cinematic artistry of Blur Studio, the story ofHalo Wars 2 dives straight into the chaotic state of the Halo universe directly after the events of Halo 5: Guardians.

The Dawn of Atriox: Halo Wars 2 introduces a new menacing villain to the Halo universe – Atriox, the leader of a violent, mercenary force known as The Banished. The Banished bring many classic Halo alien weapons of war to the battlefield with an explosive new redesign, making them as brutal and deadly as anything the UNSC has ever encountered in their battles with the Covenant.

The Biggest Halo Battlefield Ever: Halo Wars 2 takes place on the mythical Ark, an incredibly powerful and mysterious alien installation created by the Forerunners millennia ago. The Ark was first introduced in Halo 3, and is the literal birthplace of the series’ eponymous Halo rings. Now players will have a chance to fight to control that power for themselves.

A New Kind of Strategy: Halo Wars redefined the real-time strategy (RTS) genre on consoles and Halo Wars 2 is set to take that evolution even further with a hybrid of action-oriented and classic tactical gameplay modes. Veteran developer Creative Assembly (Total War: Rome II, Total War: Shogun 2) brings decades of RTS experience to the Halo universe and delivers a game which will be action-packed fun for players new to strategy games and deeply challenging and rewarding for RTS experts.

Pre-order Halo Wars 2 from Amazon today!

Rise of the Tomb Raider to have Co-op play for Endurance mode


Microsoft made this announcement about Rise of the Tomb Raider

You may have seen we’ve announced new content is coming for Rise of the Tomb Raider. We’re celebrating 20 years of the iconic Lara Croft, and as part of this we’re excited to bring new gameplay to our Xbox One and PC fans.

First, we’re adding “Blood Ties,” a completely new story chapter in which you’ll explore Croft Manor to reclaim Lara’s legacy. Then, you must defend the Manor against a zombie invasion in “Lara’s Nightmare.” We’ve also added the new “Extreme Survivor” difficulty setting, a 20 Year Celebration outfit and weapon, the ability to play as classic Lara models in the Expedition modes, and more.

One of the biggest new additions is all-new Co-op play for Endurance mode. We released Endurance mode for Rise of the Tomb Raider in December 2015. Since then, we’ve been thrilled to watch as you have hunted, foraged, and raided your way through over 600,000 game days of survival. You’ve embraced the open nature of our Siberian Wilderness and the challenge of a constantly changing forest landscape.

We’re happy to announce that on October 11th you will no longer have to survive on your own! Co-op Endurance offers all the challenges of the current mode, and lets you team up with a friend to raid tombs in an unforgiving environment. Lara and Nadia will have to hunt in order to stave off hunger, find wood to light camp fires so they can stay warm, and survive deadly traps in crypts to find the artifacts before Trinity. You can choose to stick together and share resources, or split up to cover ground more quickly. Just don’t get too far away or you won’t be able to help out your friend in time if they run into trouble, which they most certainly will.

What’s even better is that Co-op is a free upgrade to everyone who has purchased Endurance as a standalone DLC, or received it as part of the Season pass. In fact, if you already own the Season Pass, you’ll receive all of the new 20 Year Celebration content on Xbox One and PC for free.

We’re looking forward to sharing more details on the Co-op Endurance mode, as well as all of the new content coming to Rise of the Tomb Raider on October 11th as part of our 20 Year Celebration

These plush Krogans are all the rage on Tuchanka


THE CUDDLIEST KROGAN

A soft, bloodthirsty super-soldier to protect you from the Reapers under your bed. Sure, there's the yearning for destruction and battle in his little eyes, but you can't deny that he's the most huggable thing this side of the galaxy.

PRODUCT DETAILS

  • First in our series of official Mass Effect Collector's Plushes.
  • The perfect size for hugs! Grunt measures approximately 9 inches tall, and 7 inches wide.
  • Comes with a special collector's card.
  • Pre-orders expected to ship early July, 2016. Official launch date subject to change.

Sunday, July 24

Halo Wars 2 campaign review

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I'm not sure we should call this a campaign review as Halo Wars 2 is simply that, a campaign.

An all-new enemy threatens the Halo universe and the only thing standing between Armageddon and humanity is the brave crew on board the Spirit of Fire.

Halo Wars 2 delivers real-time strategy at the speed of Halo combat. Get ready to lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy on the biggest Halo battlefield ever.

Xbox Play Anywhere: Pre-order the digital game, and it’s yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. That's some great value right there!

We are going further than ever before to Andromeda

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We are going further than ever before to Andromeda - Here's the Mass Effect Andromeda First Official Trailer



You can pre-order Mass Effect Andromeda from Amazon


Gears of War 4 Multiplayer Mode Reviews

Gears of War 4 Multiplayer Mode Reviews

This post is a series of clippings from reviews around the gaming universe for The multiplayer compenent of Gears of War 4. There's a phrase that's oft said about games of this nature - come for the campaign and stay for the multiplayer. That's from the days from the days when The original Gears and Halo 2 multiplayers were going head to head in the weekly player of charts. It's at the point now when many gamers simply come for the multiplayer and don't give the campaign a thought - and that's what Gears of War 4 lives upto. The reviews are in and it's a big thumbs up for the multiplayer. 

If you haven't orders your copy yet, you really should.

Halo 6 Multiplayer Review

Halo 6 Multiplayer Review

Versus Mode in Gears of War 4 sounds ... EPIC

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The Gears of War 4 developers are hard at work refining the game just before shipping. Here's a post they have done to show just how involved they are in making Versus mode even better than it was from the Beta that happened earlier in the year. 

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Right now, a small band of The Coalition are in San Diego prepping furiously for our upcoming appearance at Comic-Con, where we'll be bringing both new Single Player and Versus Multiplayer content to Comic-Con and NerdHQ. The show for us this year is particularly exciting, because both modes can be played by you - the fans - live in front of us. We can't wait to see and hear what you think.

By bringing Versus Multiplayer to San Diego, this will also mark the first time fans can play Gears of War 4 Versus since the Beta. In the two and a half months since the Gears of War 4 Beta ended, we've been working hard on improving and polishing Versus Multiplayer in an effort to make the best Gears game possible - now armed with the wealth of feedback from fans on what you liked, and didn't like, about the Beta. It's been part of our development ever since. The team has been incredibly eager to show you the results of their hard work.

I recently caught up with a variety of developers from around The Coalition to talk about just some of the big changes made since last April that impact Gears of War 4 Versus. Welcome to Developer Blog 2: The Evolution of Gears 4 Versus.