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March 31st 2014, 9:00 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members Get Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight Free in April

April’s set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members will be Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight.

  
Starting Tuesday (April 1st) Hitman: Absolution (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through April 15th.

Then on April 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Deadlight (Normally US $14.99) for free through April 30th.

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.







March 31st 2014 at 9:00 am | Games with Gold, Xbox 360 | 376 comments

March 28th 2014, 6:01 am PT

Roll on in to the Free World of Tanks Weekend

This weekend, World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is open to everyone, allowing all players on Xbox Live to join Gold subscribers in massive, 30-tank battles. The World of Tanks Free Weekend is on now, with access open to all through Sunday, 30 March at 11:59pm Pacific.

 
This weekend event coincides with World of Tanks’ Map Madness Community Challenge, so know that each tank you reduce to a smoking pile of scrap will help the entire World of Tanks community unlock new battlefields to play on.
 
To download World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, click here.

March 28th 2014 at 6:01 am | Xbox 360 | 37 comments

March 26th 2014, 10:08 am PT

Warface Enters Open Beta Today

Last month, Crytek’s Warface opened up a limited beta. As of today, the Warface beta is open for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers as a free download.

The Open Beta will carry over three Versus modes from Closed Beta that feature several maps, plus two initial Co-op settings with multiple mission types and difficulties. There will be a constant flow of new content, settings and modes that will keep the players entertained and wanting more. Furthermore, daily new missions built for beginners and experts alike ensure that Warface remains challenging and fun.

As we know many of you out there will now be trying out Warface for the first time, we asked Crytek for some tips to help new players hold their own against those who have been playing in the Closed Beta:

In Versus games it’s important to be fast and make maximum use of your chosen class’ abilities. For example, an Engineer can set deadly traps with claymores, and a Medic can last a long time when keeping their health and damage ratio in check.

As for Co-op, it highly depends on the map and the difficulty on which you play; it’s more about each player’s individual skill set that should match with the overall tactics of the team, but being in constant communication with the team, and being reactive to the needs of the mission is critical.

What advice can you offer for class selection?

A well-balanced team can make all the difference in the world: Medics are great for keeping the other members alive, Riflemen can push through large groups of enemies and keep a steady supply of ammo going, Engineers provide the team with the ability to set traps and restore armor which absorb the brunt of incoming fire, and Snipers can take care of enemies who are far away or in high ground.

Aside from team balance, a correlation in gameplay style is also important; you can’t have one person running rogue and leaving the others to fend for themselves. Xbox Live’s voice-over IP functionality works wonders on promoting tactical team play.

How can beta participants help make the final product better?

Warface is built on the players’ feedback, so feel encouraged to send any feedback or constructive thoughts to feedbackwf360@crytek.com; the Warface team aims to incorporate whatever possible and bring forth the best free-to-play experience possible. New forums will be made available soon at warfacexbox.com. You can also follow Warface on Facebook and Twitter.

Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region.

March 26th 2014 at 10:08 am | Xbox 360 | 140 comments

March 25th 2014, 9:17 am PT

New Entertainment Apps for Xbox One & Xbox 360

This week we’re rolling out new experiences on Xbox One and Xbox 360, perfect for fans of movies, baseball, and eSports.

Just in time for the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, the Major League Gaming app is now available for Xbox 360. Watch MLG’s premier competitions on your Xbox 360, Call of Duty’s Championship gets underway this Friday.

Major League Baseball’s season also throws out its first pitch of the season this weekend, and MLB.tv Premium subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold subscription will be able to enjoy the new MLB.tv app for Xbox One. MLB.tv Premium offers live, HD-quality video of every out-of-market regular season game in 2014, plus full archives for every game. Visit MLB.com/Xbox for complete details.

Movie fans have more choices than ever starting today on Xbox 360 as we add ENCORE PLAY and MOVIEPLEX PLAY from Starz our extensive list of entertainment apps. Additionally, EPIX is prepping an Xbox One app, and has just added Time Warner Authentication for its Xbox 360 app.

For more on these apps click on over to Xbox Wire.

March 25th 2014 at 9:17 am | Video, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 35 comments

March 18th 2014, 9:08 am PT

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROESContent: METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES

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World-renowned Kojima Productions showcases the latest masterpiece in the METAL GEAR SOLID franchise with METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES. METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES is the first segment of the ‘Metal Gear Solid V Experience’ and prologue to the larger second segment, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN launching thereafter. MGSV: GROUND ZEROES gives gamers the opportunity to get a taste of the world-class production’s unparalleled visual presentation and gameplay before the release of the main game. It also provides an opportunity for those who have never played a Kojima Productions game, and veterans alike, to gain familiarity with the radical new game design and unparalleled style of presentation. Kojima Productions once again raises the bar with the FOX Engine offering incredible graphic fidelity and the introduction of open world game design in the Metal Gear Solid universe. This is the experience that core gamers have been waiting for. For a limited time, purchase of this game grants the user access to “Mother Base Staff” content in the forthcoming METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES is also available for Xbox 360.
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region.

 

March 18th 2014 at 9:08 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 138 comments

March 17th 2014, 10:51 am PT

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is coming to Xbox 360 April 9th

 

Earlier today, Phil Spencer announced that Max: The Curse of Brotherhood from Press Play Games is coming to Xbox 360. It will be available on on April 9th for US $14.99.

 

 

March 17th 2014 at 10:51 am | Gaming, Xbox 360 | 77 comments

March 6th 2014, 10:34 am PT

Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation Lands on Xbox April 3

Devastation, the second DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts,  debuts April 3, first on Xbox. This pack features four unique multiplayer maps, an all-new tactical 2-in-1 weapon, and Episode 2: Mayday – the next installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative.

Here’s a bit more intel we’ve received on these maps:

  • RUINS: A mountaintop Mayan ruin overrun by the jungle, Ruins’ skyline is dominated by an ominous volcano on the brink of eruption. The central temple provides a key overwatch position, and adds verticality to the subterranean sections beneath the temple’s foundations. These underground sections, cliffside trails and stairwells create a myriad of pathways and flanking routes so players will never be far from the frantic action.
  • BEHEMOTH: Situated on a massive bucket-wheel excavator (BWE), one of the largest vehicles ever created, Behemoth is a narrow, multi-level map. Long sight lines open Behemoth up to longer-range weapons, while BWE’s core walkways offer tight interior control rooms, ideal for those who prefer close-quarters combat. The map’s multiple levels gives players flanking opportunities so there will rarely be an opportunity to focus solely on your cross-hairs.
  • COLLISION: Having collided with a New York bridge, the resulting wreckage of this cargo ship provides the setting for Collision. With the mangled remains of the bridge, burnt out vehicles, and shipping containers strewn across the deck, this map provides the ideal theatre for tight, close-quarters combat.
  • UNEARTHED: Inspired by Dome, the fan-favorite map from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Unearthed drops players at the heart of an alien dig site. Unearthed lies amidst the shadows of mysterious ancient statues, and at its heart is an ancient meteorite – the focus of the excavation.

Moving on to Devastation’s new weapon, The Ripper: This unique weapon provides players with two different configurations: medium to short-range capability as a Sub Machine-Gun (SMG), and medium to long-range as an Assault Rifle (AR), giving maximum flexibility to adjust to a variety of map types and tactics.

And finally, the Extinction experience continues with Episode 2: Mayday. In the aftermath of Episode 1: Nightfall, the Quick Reaction Force team is sent in to investigate a high-tech ghost ship adrift in the South Pacific. In Episode 2: Mayday your team will need new weapons and new tactics to deal with the insidious wall-crawling “Seeder,” and the skyscraper-sized monstrosity known as the “Kraken.” To survive, players must explore the ship’s cavernous environment, scavenge supplies and construct improvised weapons and traps from blueprints found onboard.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation, available April 3rd, first on Xbox.

March 6th 2014 at 10:34 am | COD, Game Add-on, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 68 comments

February 28th 2014, 9:00 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members get Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders Free in March

March’s set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in will be Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders.

 
Starting Saturday (March 1st) Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution (Normally US $29.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through March 15th .

Then on March 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Dungeon Defenders (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.

February 28th 2014 at 9:00 am | Games with Gold, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 848 comments

February 23rd 2014, 5:57 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 7

We’ve made it through a week of savings – this is the last installment this Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale. The final deals include savings of 50-80% on the following titles are on sale now through tomorrow only (24 February 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Saints Row IV Games on Demand 50%
Metro: Last Light Games on Demand 50%
Tropico 4 Games on Demand 67%
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Games on Demand 50%
Oblivion Games on Demand 75%
Overlord II Games on Demand 67%
LIMBO Arcade 80%
Puzzle Quest 2 Arcade 80%
Rock of Ages Arcade 80%

Hope you found some great deals over the course of the last week – and if not, look for new Deals of the Week this coming Tuesday morning.

February 23rd 2014 at 5:57 pm | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 229 comments

February 22nd 2014, 7:26 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 6

The  Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale rolls on throughout the weekend – save 33-90% on the following titles are on sale now through tomorrow only (23 February 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty Ghosts Games on Demand 33%
Diablo III Games on Demand 33%
Dark Souls Games on Demand 75%
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Games on Demand 63%
Red Dead Redemption Games on Demand 75%
The Orange Box Games on Demand 75%
NiGHTS into dreams… Arcade 75%
Pool Nation Arcade 90%
Real Steel Arcade 80%

In addition, some titles are on sale through the weekend – click here for that list. Make sure to visit again tomorrow to find the next group of sale items, and follow Major Nelson on Twitter to stay most up to date. See you tomorrow!

February 22nd 2014 at 7:26 pm | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 273 comments

February 21st 2014, 6:57 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 5

Here are the next round of daily deals in the  Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale – save 50-75% on the following titles are on sale now through tomorrow only (22 February 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Payday 2 Games on Demand 67%
Assassin’s Creed Revelations Games on Demand 50%
Condemned Games on Demand 75%
Mortal Kombat Games on Demand 75%
Fallout 3 Games on Demand 67%
Sonic Generations Games on Demand 75%
State of Decay Arcade 50%
The Cave Arcade 75%

In addition, some titles are on sale through the weekend – click here for that list. Make sure to visit again tomorrow to find the next group of sale items, and follow Major Nelson on Twitter to stay most up to date. See you tomorrow!

February 21st 2014 at 6:57 pm | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 255 comments

February 20th 2014, 2:27 pm PT

Let’s take a look at “Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare”

Coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 next week:

February 20th 2014 at 2:27 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox One | 39 comments

February 18th 2014, 5:37 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 2

The Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale continues – save 50-90% on the following titles are on sale now through tomorrow only (19 February 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Games on Demand 50%
F1 2013 Games on Demand 67%
Farming Simulator Games on Demand 50%
Lost Planet 2 Games on Demand 75%
Darksiders II Games on Demand 75%
Soulcalibur II HD Online Arcade 75%
Hell Yeah! Arcade 75%
Fruit Ninja Kinect Arcade 90%

In addition, some titles are on sale all week long – click here for that list.

Make sure to visit again tomorrow to find the next group of sale items, and follow Major Nelson on Twitter to stay most up to date. See you then!

February 18th 2014 at 5:37 pm | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 91 comments

February 18th 2014, 6:01 am PT

This Week’s Xbox Live Store Deals

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 24 February 2014. These are in addition to the Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale, which is going on now.

Xbox One


Content Title Content Type Price Drop
(varies by region)
Ryse: Son of Rome Xbox One game 33%

 

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Ridge Racer Unbounded Games on Demand 75%
Ridge Racer Unbounded Royal Purple Exclusive Skin Add-on 75%
Ridge Racer DLC 1: RIDGE RACER 1 Machine & The Hearse Pack Add-on 75%
Ridge Racer DLC 2: RIDGE RACER Type 4 Machine & El Mariachi Pack Add-on 75%
Ridge Racer DLC 3: RIDGE RACER 7 Machine & The Gallows Pack Add-on 75%
Ridge Racer DLC 4: Day One Edition Pack Add-on 75%
Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi  Games on Demand 67%
Family Guy: Back To The Multiverse Games on Demand 75%
NASCAR Inside Line Games on Demand 75%
Persona 4 Arena Games on Demand 67%
Angry Birds: Star Wars Games on Demand 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals of the Week are for Xbox Live Gold members.

February 18th 2014 at 6:01 am | Arcade, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox One | 77 comments

February 17th 2014, 5:35 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale

For those of you looking to fill these cold, snowy late-Winter days with games, this is your week: the Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale kicks off… NOW

For the next seven days, we’ll be slashing prices on some of Xbox 360′s best titles, and these are in addition to this week’s normal games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store (which will be revealed tomorrow morning). To the list!

The following titles are on sale now through tomorrow only (18 February 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Dishonored Games on Demand 67%
Armored Core: Verdict Day  Games on Demand 63%
Dante’s Inferno Games on Demand 75%
RUSE Games on Demand 67%
Halo: Reach Games on Demand 75%
Capcom Arcade Cabinet Arcade 65%
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Arcade 87%
Bastion Arcade 80%

As part of the Ultimate Games Sale, the following special offers will be available at the discount listed below until 25 February 2014:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Portal 2 Games on Demand 67%
Mass Effect Games on Demand 75%
Asura’s Wrath Games on Demand 81%
DiRT 3 Games on Demand 80%
Driver San Francisco Games on Demand 67%
Fable III  Games on Demand 50%
Batman: Arkham City  Games on Demand 75%
Motocross Madness Arcade 80%
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare Arcade 70%
Guardians of Middle Earth Arcade 93%
Dungeons and Dragons Daggerdale Arcade 80%
Rock Band Blitz Arcade 73%
Dust: An Elysian Tail Arcade 80%

Make sure to visit again tomorrow to find the next group of sale items, and follow Major Nelson on Twitter to stay most up to date. See you then!

February 17th 2014 at 5:35 pm | Arcade, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox One | 135 comments

February 13th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Free Xbox LIVE Gold This Weekend for US and Canada

If you’ve always wanted to check out the latest entertainment experiences on Xbox 360, now is your chance. Xbox Live Gold member benefits for Xbox 360 will be free for all Xbox Live subscribers from 14-16 February in the U.S. and Canada. During this free Gold weekend, all Xbox Live entertainment apps and online multiplayer gaming will be available for free*

The Free Gold Weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. PT  time this Friday 14, February and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT  on Sunday 16, February.

All Xbox owners in these regions, regardless of their current Xbox LIVE subscription status, will have access to online multiplayer gaming, Video Kinect, and our entire catalog of entertainment apps.

Get your marathon entertainment and gaming fix now and let me know on Monday all the new things you tried.

This Free Xbox Live Gold Weekend is sponsored Old Spice

*Additional subscriptions may be required to access select apps. 

 

 

February 13th 2014 at 6:00 am | Xbox 360 | 65 comments

February 12th 2014, 8:34 am PT

World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition Now Available

Rekoil: LiberatorContent: World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition
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Dash Text: AAA team-based online tank warfare comes to Xbox 360 with the custom built version of the global phenomenon dedicated to armored warfare in the mid-20th century. Command some of history’s most powerful tanks and experience intense combat where the excitement of battle is enhanced by working together with your tank platoon to win the fight, downloadable and free-to-play to Xbox Live Gold members.

Add the game to your Xbox 360 download queue

February 12th 2014 at 8:34 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 47 comments

February 10th 2014, 9:40 pm PT

This Week’s Xbox Live Store Deals

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 17 February 2014.

Xbox 360

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
NBA 2K14 Games on Demand 33%
NBA 2K14: Platinum Jewelry Add-on 50%
NBA 2K14: Blue Diamond Jewelry Add-on 50%
NBA 2K14: Gold Jewelry Add-on 50%
NBA 2K14: Spanish Commentary Add-on 50%
Fable II  Games on Demand 50%
Fable II Knothole Island Add-on 50%
Fable II See the Future Add-on 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region

February 10th 2014 at 9:40 pm | Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 150 comments

February 10th 2014, 9:00 am PT

Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Purple and Black Wireless Controllers

Today we are announcing additional colors to the Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controllers: black and purple. The controllers feature a transforming D-pad and colored chrome design for $54.99 USD (MSRP) – available worldwide beginning in March. The black controller will be available in the U.S. exclusively at Walmart and the Microsoft Store and purple controller will be available in the U.S. exclusively at Best Buy and the Microsoft Store.

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February 10th 2014 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360 | 87 comments

February 5th 2014, 9:11 am PT

Warface Beta Starts Today, Here’s How to Sign Up

Warface Xbox 360 Edition is coming soon, but some of you won’t have to wait very long at all – the game’s beta starts today, and Crytek is looking for folks to test the game out. Take a look:

Now do we have your attention? Here’s how to sign up for the beta: head on over to www.warface.com/xbox to register for the battle.

Or… there’s another chance for you to get in. Crytek gifted us with 50 vouchers for instant beta access. For a shot at those, just answer this question: What are the four classes of soldier you can choose from in Warface? (PROTIP: watch the video)

Got the answer? Great, don’t put it in the comments! Email the correct answer to [major AT xbox DOT com], using the subject line “Warface”. We’ll randomly select from correct entries and reply to winners with codes by this Friday, February 7th. Good luck! UPDATE: All codes have been sent out. Check your email!

Warface will be available exclusively on Xbox 360 as a free-to-play with Gold title. Oh, and be sure to stop by Xbox Wire for more on this class-based shooter.

February 5th 2014 at 9:11 am | Xbox 360 | 113 comments

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