December 30th 2013, 9:05 pm PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 15: Call of Duty: Ghosts

It’s the final day of 2013, and the final Daily Deal in the Countdown to 2014 is a big one: Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Content Title Content Type Discount % Region
Call of Duty: Ghosts  Games on Demand 30% UK Only
Call of Duty: Ghosts  Games on Demand 29% EU Only
Call of Duty: Ghosts  Games on Demand 40% Australia Only
Call of Duty: Ghosts  Games on Demand 25% Rest of World

Don’t forget: Call of Duty: Ghosts is on sale today only. Come Wednesday, the Daily Deal and these special weeklong offers will be gone, so don’t miss out.

Have a fun, safe, happy new year, and we’ll see you in 2014!

December 30th 2013 at 9:05 pm | Call of Duty, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 524 comments

December 30th 2013, 9:00 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members get “Sleeping Dogs” & “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light” Free in January

Sleeping DogsLara Croft: GoL

The next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in January will be Sleeping Dogs and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Starting Wednesday  (January 1st) Sleeping Dogs (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through January 15th .

Then on January 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (Normally US $14.99) for free.

The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

December 30th 2013 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 368 comments

December 29th 2013, 8:50 pm PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 14: ‘Tis the Season Pass

So you’ve played 2013’s biggest Xbox 360 hits. But have you completed everything they have to offer? Today only, pick up complete Add-on content packages for the following games:


Content Title Content Type Discount %
Batman Arkham Origins Season Pass Add-on 30%
Assassin’s Creed IV Season Pass Add-on 25%
Injustice Season Pass Add-on 50%
Saints Row IV Season Pass Add-on 30%
Metro Last Light Season Pass Add-on 50%

Tuesday is the last day of Daily Deals (oh, and of 2013)! Be sure to check back for the final offers tomorrow night, and keep in mind these special weeklong offers are coming to an end as well.


December 29th 2013 at 8:50 pm | Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 415 comments

December 28th 2013, 9:02 pm PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 13: Undead Deals

Think you could make it in a world swarming with zombies? Hone those survival skills at a hefty discount – today only.


Content Title Content Type Discount %
State of Decay Arcade 50%
Zombie Apocalypse Arcade 75%
Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone Arcade 75%
How to Survive Arcade 50%

Daily Deals continue all the way through December 31, so be sure to visit again tomorrow, and to take advantage of these weekly deals.

December 28th 2013 at 9:02 pm | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 359 comments

December 27th 2013, 9:55 am PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 12: Trials Edition

If you let the Trials series pass you by, now’s your chance to catch up. Trials HD and Evolution, along with associated Add-ons are on sale today only.


Content Title Content Type Discount %
Trials Evolution Arcade 67%
Trials Evolution: Riders of Doom Arcade Add-on 67%
Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain Arcade Add-on 67%
Trials HD Arcade 75%
Trials HD Big Thrills Arcade Add-on 75%
Trials HD Big Pack Arcade Add-on 75%

These aren’t the only great discounts to be had this week, click here to see the full list of Weekly Deals.

December 27th 2013 at 9:55 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 234 comments

December 26th 2013, 10:04 pm PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 11: Day of the Dead

I think today’s Daily Deals have a something in common, but I can’t… quite… figure it out :)
Enjoy these morbidly-named games and add-ons today only.


Content Title Content Type Discount %
Killer is Dead Games on Demand 67%
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Games on Demand 67%
Left 4 Dead 2 Games on Demand 66%
Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream Add-on 75%
Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice Add-on 75%
Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing Add-on 75%
Red Dead Redemption – Undead Nightmare Packack Add-on 50%

The Countdown to 2014 continues tomorrow, so be sure to return to see what’s on sale, and click here to see other week-long discounts.

December 26th 2013 at 10:04 pm | Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 304 comments

December 25th 2013, 8:11 pm PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 10: NBA 2K14

Today only: save on NBA 2K14 and associated Add-ons for Xbox 360.

Content Title Content Type Discount %
NBA 2K14 Games on Demand 33%
NBA 2K14 Blue Diamond Jewelry Collection Add-on 33%
NBA 2K14 Gold Jewelry Collection Add-on 33%
NBA 2K14 Platinum Jewelry Collection Add-on 33%

More Daily Deals incoming tomorrow, joining a number of weekly deals continuing through December 31st.

December 25th 2013 at 8:11 pm | Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 276 comments

December 24th 2013, 8:52 pm PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 9: The Wolf Among Us

Today’s Daily Deal pairs well with this week’s weekly deals; the first chapter of The Wolf Among Us is free all week. Don’t miss your chance to lock down the rest of the story at a sizable discount.

Content Type Discount %
The Wolf Among Us Season Pass Arcade 33%

Drop back tomorrow for a new daily deal; check out  this week’s sale list in the meantime.

December 24th 2013 at 8:52 pm | Deal, Xbox 360 | 327 comments

December 23rd 2013, 10:50 pm PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deals: Week 2 Begins

We’re now into Week 2 of the Countdown to 2014, and that means a huge new batch of weekly sales. But first, here are today’s Daily Deals, massive savings from PopCap, and good today only!


Content Title Content Type Discount %
Peggle Arcade 90%
Peggle Nights Arcade Add-on 80%
Zuma’s Revenge Arcade 90%
Plants vs. Zombies Arcade 90%
Feeding Frenzy Arcade 80%
Feeding Frenzy 2 Arcade 90%

We’ll continue updating our Daily Deals through New Year’s Eve, so follow me on Twitter to find out the latest deals as they happen.

Special Offers:
In addition to Daily Deals, the following special offers will be in effect until December 31, 2013. Some of 2013’s biggest titles are included!


Content Title Content Type Discount %
The Wolf Among Us  Arcade FREE
Diablo III Games on Demand 33%
Grand Theft Auto V Games on Demand 33%
NCAA Football 14 Games on Demand 75%
Madden NFL 25 Games on Demand 50%
Bully Games on Demand 75%
SSX Games on Demand 75%
Civilization Revolution Games on Demand 75%
Kane & Lynch Dead Men Games on Demand 75%
Turbo Super Stunt Squad Games on Demand 50%
Hitman Absolution Games on Demand 60%
Fight Night Champion Games on Demand 75%
Midnight Club LA Games on Demand 75%
Mini Ninjas Games on Demand 75%
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Arcade 50%
Flashback Arcade 67%
Charlie Murder Arcade 67%
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Arcade 67%
Counter-Strike: GO Arcade 67%
Gotham City Impostors Arcade 75%
I Am Alive Arcade 75%
Deadlight Arcade 75%
Frogger Arcade 50%
DuckTales: Remastered Arcade 50%
Foul Play  Arcade 50%
Orc Attack Arcade 50%

Back tomorrow with more great daily deals!

December 23rd 2013 at 10:50 pm | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 306 comments

December 23rd 2013, 10:38 am PT

Use your Xbox One for a virtual Holiday Fireplace and never miss a game invite

Have you always wanted to have a wood burning fire place in your gaming room?

Here I’ll show you how to use your Xbox One for a virtual fireplace. It’s simple:

    • Open up Internet Explorer on your Xbox One (Say: Xbox, Go to Internet Explorer)
    • Open up the address bar.
      (Click this menu button or Say “Show Address Bar” while voice commands are active)
    • Navigate to my blog via this short URL:
    • Scroll to this post
    • Click this link for the video on YouTube
      (You may see a brief error about needing Flash, but then IE will pull in the HTML 5 version of the video)
    • Click the full screen icon in the lower right of the video.
    • Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of a real wood burning fireplace for the Holiday.

And you’ll never miss a game invite. Have a great Christmas everyone!

Tip: Use SmartGlass to open up IE, and type in the URL.


December 23rd 2013 at 10:38 am | Archive | 45 comments

December 23rd 2013, 8:44 am PT

Xbox One: Halo: Spartan Assault

Content: Halo: Spartan Assault

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Description: Halo: Spartan Assault is a fast paced top-down shooter set during the timeline between “Halo 3” and “Halo 4,” progress your Spartan career as you engage in over 30 exciting Campaign missions using many of favorite Halo weapons, vehicles and armor abilities. Team-up on Xbox Live and fight with a friend against waves of the nightmarish Flood in the all-new online co-op multiplayer mode.

Purchase Halo: Spartan Assault from the Xbox Game Store







December 23rd 2013 at 8:44 am | Xbox One | 132 comments

December 22nd 2013, 6:04 pm PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 7: Arcade Sports Sale

Today’s Daily Deal: save 75% on these pick-up-and-play arcade sports titles:


Content Title Content Type Discount %
NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Arcade 75%
NFL Blitz Arcade 75%
FIFA Street 3 Games on Demand 75%
3 on 3 NHL Arcade 75%

Note: our daily and weekly deals refresh Tuesday, so take another look at this week’s sale list before they’re gone.

December 22nd 2013 at 6:04 pm | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 219 comments

December 22nd 2013, 12:07 am PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 6: Fight Fest

Today only – save big on these arcade fighting classics:


Content Title Content Type Discount %
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Arcade 75%
Mortal Kombat Arcade Arcade 75%
Soulcalibur II HD Arcade 50%
Street Fighter III Online Edition Arcade 75%

Check back tomorrow for another daily deal, and head over here to see what else is on sale all week.

December 22nd 2013 at 12:07 am | Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 226 comments

December 20th 2013, 9:00 pm PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 5: Payday 2

Today’s Daily Deal is quite a steal: Lead your team through a series of increasingly complex heists in Payday 2 – half off for one day only!

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Payday 2 Games on Demand 50%

Click here to see what else is on sale this week, and be sure to check back tomorrow for another Daily Deal.

December 20th 2013 at 9:00 pm | Deal, Xbox 360 | 92 comments

December 20th 2013, 8:18 am PT

Using Upload on Xbox One

One of my favorite features of Xbox One is being able to capture gameplay clips by just saying “Xbox, Record That.” Without taking my hands off the controller, I can grab the last 30-seconds of gameplay and share it out on Xbox Live. I can even go back and edit a series of clips together, add a voice-over or narrate it while on screen using Kinect.
In this video, I walk through how this feature works on Xbox One.

 Cross posted on Xbox Wire



December 20th 2013 at 8:18 am | Xbox One | 63 comments

December 20th 2013, 7:37 am PT

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Draws Near on Xbox One

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, out today on Xbox One, is what developer Press Play is referring to as a “Cinematic Puzzle Platformer,” meaning that it is a puzzle game first and foremost, with platforming, exploration and a focus on storytelling. In this title, Max, equipped only with a powerful Magic Marker and his wits, attempts to make it across a hostile fantasy world in order to rescue his kidnapped brother.

Earlier this week, I spoke with Press Play Studio Director Mikkel Thorsted about what to expect when you play.

Jeff Rubenstein, Xbox: Xbox gamers might not be familiar with your previous title, Max and the Magic Marker. How is it related to and how is it different from Max: The Curse of Brotherhood?

Mikkel Thorsted, Press Play: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a re-imagining of the original idea behind the previous title, rather than an actual sequel. Basically, we wanted another go at it, only much, much more ambitious. When we made the last game, we were fewer people, less skilled, and did not have access to the kind of budget we do now. Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is by far the biggest game we’ve made to date and we are very proud of the final result. The new game is bigger in every way – more story, more puzzles, more powers, and more worlds.

Xbox: What new elements does Max bring to the platforming genre?

Press Play: There are a lot of puzzle platformers out there these days, so it is hard to stand out as totally unique. But we believe our Magic Marker is rather special – we have spent a lot of time and effort on making it feel and play really well with a controller, and I like to think that shows. On top of that, our ambition was to make a “proper” world in our game, so there is a lot of depth to our world compared to a lot of other 2.5 platformers. You are never going to see platforms floating in mid-air or the world being presented in cut-sections. If something is in the world, it is there in a way that makes sense.

Xbox: What types of abilities does Max’s marker present to players?

Press Play: Throughout the game, Max and the Marker unlock new ways to interact with the environment. Scattered around the world are glowing nodes – basically tears in the fabric of reality where Max is able to tap into the raw magic of the world – and depending on the kind of node, Max can create trees to climb, pillars of earth to lift giant boulders, make geysers of water shoot him dozens of feet into the air or fire great balls of fire at his enemies – just to name a few examples.

Xbox: Talk about your approach to gameplay prompts – Kotaku praised the fact that the game lets you figure it out instead of hand-holding. Was that a conscious decision?

Press Play: Very much a conscious decision, and we’re extremely pleased at the way people react to it. There seems to be a trend in many games at the moment where the level of handholding goes to absolutely absurd levels, and we really wanted to avoid that. As far as we’re concerned, that level of handholding is not respecting your players, that’s demeaning them. We want to appeal to players that don’t need to be told how to jump, and who can derive a level of satisfaction from figuring things out on their own simply through intuition and (hopefully) clever level design. As far as we’re concerned, that aspect of discovery simply heightens immersion to the benefit of all.

Xbox: What does working on the Xbox One allow Press Play to accomplish?

Press Play: Well, it’s a whole other ballgame in terms of sheer power, obviously. We can lather on the polygons, shaders and advanced lighting and not have the machine die on us. But perhaps more importantly, it is a lot closer to a regular PC in terms of game development, which means more time spent on making games and less on figuring out the arcane rituals needed to make it do what you want.

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is now available for Xbox One and will arrive on Xbox 360 in early 2014.

December 20th 2013 at 7:37 am | Interview, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 30 comments

December 20th 2013, 5:26 am PT

Xbox One: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Content: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

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Description: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a classic action-adventure. At its core it is a platformer filled with puzzles. Max must start on a quest to save his brother who is kidnapped to a hostile world. His only chance to succeed is to stay courageous and use the powers of his marker to manipulate the environment. Unleash the many powers of the Marker and beat the evil kidnapper!

Purchase Max: The Curse of Brotherhood from the Xbox Game Store




Read more about Max: The Curse of Brotherhood here



December 20th 2013 at 5:26 am | Xbox One | 50 comments

December 19th 2013, 8:30 pm PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 4: Castlevania Collection

On sale today only: Lead the Belmont clan against ancient evil in new and classic Castlevania titles.


Check back tomorrow for another daily deal, and be sure to check out which titles are on sale all week.


December 19th 2013 at 8:30 pm | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 113 comments

December 18th 2013, 7:56 pm PT

Countdown to 2014 Daily Deal Day 3: Forza Horizon

Today only: drive away with huge discounts on Forza Horizon and all of its extra content.

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Forza Horizon Games on Demand 50%
Forza Horizon Season Pass Add-on 70%

Don’t forget – this discount is in addition to over two dozen games that are on sale all week. Here’s that complete list.

December 18th 2013 at 7:56 pm | Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 149 comments

December 18th 2013, 9:19 am PT

Arcade: The Walking Dead: Season Two

The Walking Dead: Season TwoContent: The Walking Dead: Season Two
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Dash Text: Download Episode One of The Walking Dead: Season Two, a five-part game series that continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse. Left to fend for herself, she has been forced to learn how to survive in a world gone mad. Many months have passed since the events seen in Season One of The Walking Dead, and Clementine is searching for safety. But what can an ordinary child do to stay alive when the living can be just as bad – and sometimes worse – than the dead? As Clementine, you will be tested by situations and dilemmas that will test your morals and your instinct for survival. Your decisions and actions will change the story around you, in this sequel to 2012’s Game of the Year.


Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue

December 18th 2013 at 9:19 am | Arcade, Marketplace | 44 comments