Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region The hardest murder to solve is your own. A dark, supernatural detective thriller with a unique gameplay twist: solving your own murder from the afterlife. Ronan O’Connor, a detective with the Salem police, has his life brought to a brutal end by a masked killer. Caught in the purgatorial world of Dusk he must combine his investigative skills with powerful supernatural abilities to uncover the shocking link between his own death and a series of killings terrifying the town of Salem.
State of Decay: Lifeline puts you into the boots of Greyhound One, a military unit sent into a zombie-infested city to rescue the team of scientists who can put an end to the outbreak.
Lifeline features a new map, new characters, and a new way to play: Defend your base against hordes of zombies, using the best military equipment and personnel your unit can scrape together. The fate of the city is in your hands. How many people can you save?
Today, Activision and Infinity Ward are offering the first look at Invasion, the third DLC Pack available for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Invasion features four Multiplayer maps and the next installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative, Awakening. Have a look at the trailer:
Here’s more on those new Multiplayer maps:
DEPARTED – Set in a rural Mexican town amidst the Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) celebration, this medium-sized map features a classic three-lane design. The decorative streets, back alleys, and festive cemetery have plenty of cover for run-and-gunners, but still features some long-range engagements.
If you complete the map’s unique Field Order, you will unlock the Death Mariachi killstreak. Armed with dual wielding pistols, the Death Mariachi rampages through the map, turning your kills into your own squad mates. Celebrate the dead, just try not to become one of them!
PHARAOH – In an abandoned archeological site of an ancient Egyptian palace, where the pyramids create a formidable backdrop, this medium sized, complex multi-level map includes a collapsing monument, urns full of flesh-eating scarabs, and other surprises.
Within the Egyptian palace, you will battle through different chambers, a throne room, and temples ideal for close-quarters combat and short-range weapons, all under the watchful eye of Anubis, the half-jackal/half-human, protector of the dead. The more adventurous of you will be handsomely rewarded by exploring the deepest secrets of the site.
MUTINY – In a secretive cove on a remote Caribbean island, this mysterious inlet is not your ideal holiday destination. Harboring an eerie pirate hideout – complete with abandoned trading posts and prison cells – you’ll need to focus on speed and stealth as you find your way through the narrow and intertwining pathways.
Mutiny comes packed with many “treasures” for you to discover, such as the map’s unique killstreak – an escort of ghostly pirates who will happily send your foes down to Davy Jones’ Locker.
FAVELA – Favela is a refreshed version of the fan-favorite Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 map of the same name. Years later, the favela has seen substantial cosmetic changes – buildings once under-construction are now complete, while others have not aged as gracefully as others with the passage of time, and are now in a state of disrepair.
With narrow passageways, multiple housing complexes, and abandoned storefronts, there is also plenty of opportunity for shorter range weapons as you navigate this Brazilian shantytown.
Extinction continues its storyline with Episode 3: Awakening. Descend into an alien underworld and strike at the mysterious puppet-masters behind the Cryptid invasion. Three new Cryptid species await players, along with some familiar enemies and allies.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Invasion arrives first on Xbox – next Tuesday, June 3rd.
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In today’s hyper-connected world, Chicago has the country’s most advanced computer system – one which controls almost every piece of city technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents. You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker but also a former thug, whose criminal past lead to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you’ll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you while manipulating the city’s systems to stop traffic lights, download personal information, turn off the electrical grid and more. Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge. In a world led by technology, hacking is our weapon!
Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 2 June 2014. Please note FIFA 14 and Killer Instinct deals that began last week are also still valid.
Dash Text: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a cinematic adventure filled with action-packed platforming and creative puzzle-solving. Armed with only a Magic Marker, Max must confront evil at every turn in a hostile and fantastical world in order to save his kid brother, Felix. Join Max on his great adventure!
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
*FIFA 14 and Killer Instinct discounts are valid now through 2 June 2014.
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region Super Time Force is an action-packed platformer with a time-travelling twist! You’re in control of time itself, bending and stretching it to your advantage on the battlefield. Rewind time and choose when to jump back into the action, teaming-up with your past selves in a unique single-player co-op experience! Take control of up to 16 unique characters, and battle across 6 different time periods, from the long-ago past to the far-away future.
Dash Text: Captured, bloody and beaten; Clementine and her group learn what it’s like to live under the heel of a leader whose intelligence is rivaled only by his propensity for brutal violence. With escape being a priority, Clem is forced to make hard-hitting decisions in this episode. If you own The Walking Dead: Season Two – Season Pass, DO NOT purchase this content here as you will be charged again. The Walking Dead: Season 2, Ep. 1 – All That Remains required; sold separately.
Dash Text: In a desperate world ravaged by seven Ice Lords and their Deadarmy, you are Vulcan, a mercenary possessed by a flame demon. In this RPG where all your choices lead to consequences, you will have to choose between unleashing the powers of the demon within, and rejecting the demonic influence that wants to claim your humanity. Freely develop your skills and combat style through three skill trees: swing the heavy weapons of the Fighter, wield the sneaky dual daggers of the Ranger, or use the devastating flame spells of the Pyromancer. Recruit companions who will live, love, hate and fight alongside you against the dreadful creatures of Vertiel, in spectacular and tactical real-time combat. The bigger the danger, the greater the temptation to draw on the demon’s power at the cost of your soul… which way will YOU choose?
Dash Text: Everything is better with Peggle! Catch the fever now on Xbox 360 with Peggle 2, where you’ll master over 120 new levels and trials in the sequel to one of the most engaging puzzle-action games of all time. Unleash amazing magic powers as you learn from Peggle Master Bjorn, and 4 all-new masters like the dark and mysterious Luna, while you shoot balls at colorful, challenging boards of pegs to reach Extreme Fever. But there’s more! Unlocked costumes allow you to dress up the various masters for laughs and for multiplayer fun. And try four-player Peg Party mode or two-player Duel mode, which let you deploy your Peggle skills to the utmost against friends and family.
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region The Black Queen has stolen the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. You play as Aurora, a young princess with a pure heart whose soul is brought to the kingdom of Lemuria. Embark on a quest to recapture the three sources of light, defeat the Black Queen and restore the kingdom of Lemuria.
The UBIart framework has powered some of the finest 2D visuals in all of gaming, as demonstrated in Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. What happens when a team sets out to make a JRPG using this engine? The result is the unique Child of Light, now available on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Working on the Assassin’s Creed series, Child of Light writer Jeffrey Yohalem became enamored with the blurring of history and fiction. “There’s a place in Austria that I saw that was very magical, in a place called Carniola now,” Yohalem told me during a hands-on demonstration at PAX East. “I wanted to create a fairy tale that talked about how that place came to be.” This tale centers on young Aurora’s quest to reach her father, the duke, in the days leading up to the Easter Earthquake of 1895.
While the location and timing of the story have roots in reality, the UBIart-enhanced visuals present a rather surreal view of the tale. Everything flows as if underwater: Aurora’s hair floats around her in a manner reminiscent of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Yohalem confirmed the influence), flying fish actually flit through a forest.
Child of Light’s character animation truly is a sight to behold. I marveled at the way Aurora loses her crown when she takes a hit, scrambling to retrieve it and place it back on her head. Even turning about-face during platforming segments is lavishly rendered. When I pointed this out to Yohalem, he informed me that one of the lead animators helped bring Assassins Altair and Ezio to life, as well as the Prince in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
With a European setting, two dimensional platforming, and a birthplace in the West, why is Yohalem calling Child of Light a JRPG?
“For me [JRPG is] a rule set,” Yohalem explained. “If you said we’re going to take RISK and make a game based on that, it doesn’t have to look like it. For us it’s a rule set that happens to have been made by the Japanese. Also the art is inspired by Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy’s original concept artist), at least on a loose level. We feel like this is a set of rules that hasn’t been used in a long time. We took that rule set and applied that to a very different type of experience”
Despite the distinctly different look, Child of Light’s includes a number of clear JRPG elements. Battle revolves around a timing mechanic similar to classic Final Fantasy’s classic Active Time Battle system. Your characters level up, and the game’s skill tree even reminded me of Final Fantasy XII’s License Board. Oh, and it’s not easy – your tactics will be tested in Child of
Light. I’m not ashamed to say I was wiped out during the demo… and that’s a good thing.
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region The Amazing Spider-Man 2 takes place outside the events of the 2nd film in a unique story where Spider-Man discovers a larger threat to NYC that has turned the underworld upside down. Villains from the film and classic Marvel characters are woven together in a twisted web of adrenaline-fueled, web-slinging action that puts players on a collision course with an evil far beyond Spider-Man’s reckoning.
Dash Text: Clean up the world with style! As an acrobatic janitor, you are an adept force against dust and disorder. Leap and dash off walls and ceilings, and deftly traverse precarious environments. Cleanse each level swiftly and thoroughly to achieve mastery in this 2D sweep-’em-up platformer.
Dash Text: The new revolution of Tower defense! Defense Technica! A project ‘Noah’ is now released to defeat the cruel invader Hergus and save the world. You should defend the core and struggle against the constantly rushing enemy in the battlefield where attack paths and the land, or weather are changed in real-time. You will be amazed at the gorgeous landscape in the beautiful graphic of Defense Technica. Upgrade various weapons to the enemy’s attribute. Predict and decide promptly how and when to counterattack in response to their changing moving route. Play your own game with more meticulous and strategic system.