The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta will be available to anyone who owns a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection from Dec. 29, 2014 through Jan. 18, 2015. Get ready for 4v4 multiplayer arena gameplay or sit back and watch the action in the new Spectator Mode. Read the full announcement over at the Xbox Wire.
Watch the below video as I showcase some of the features you can expect to see in the first week of the beta.
Game Description: Kalimba is a mind-bending and playful puzzle-platformer. Choose between single-player and local two-player, where cooperation is key. The island of Kalimba has been cast into darkness. Jump, slide, and fly your way from the underworld to the heavens in order to restore light in the land.
Game Description: The world’s most-loved puzzle game arrives on next-gen consoles, and is better than ever in Tetris® Ultimate. With six modes, new features, and unique visuals, the evolution of this iconic game is the ultimate must-have on next-gen consoles. You can take on the puzzle game solo, battle a friend, partner up with friends, or make battle teams. Up to four players can get in on the action. Leaderboards make it easy to post your scores and see how you measure up against your friends.
Update: Risk and Trivial Pursuit Live!, from the Hasbro channel, was downloadable on Xbox Live for a short period of time in error. It has since been taken down from XBLA and will be available again early 2015 for the official launch.
Game Description: Modern combat meets RISK – the classic game of global domination. RISK steps into the near future with modern armies. Using the 2010 rules as standard, Risk offers an exciting strategic experience. Direct the war from your high-tech control room, fighting on the classic map layout on 3D; Deploy tanks, planes and infantry. All in the modern warfare twist on the classic game of global domination! Xbox Live league play allows you to compete with people from around the world.
Celebrate the Countdown to 2015 with daily and weekly deals on games and video content in the Xbox Store on Xbox One and 360 with a number of exclusive deals for Xbox Live Gold members. Sign in to Xbox LIVE or stop back here every day to see what new deals we have for you. To kick things off we have the following special offers that will go on sale tomorrow and be available at the below discount until December 22, 2014. Click the links below to see local pricing and availability:
Check back each day as I reveal what the next Countdown to 2015 daily deal is going to be.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
*These deals are available for Xbox Live Gold members only.
In addition to the weekly deals, the Countdown to 2015 will also feature a daily deal every day between now and 2015. Leading the charge is a collection of Lord of the Rings titles on sale starting tomorrow.
Remember these daily deals won’t last more than a day!
Kalimba is a puzzle platformer that has players controlling animated totems on a quest to overthrow an evil shaman and reclaim the island of Kalimba for the Kalimbi people. The distinct look comes from the “trixelated” art style that uses triangles as the main influence. In addition to the unique art style of the world, puzzles, enemies and totems, Kalimba also offers both single player and couch co-op modes.
Game Description: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut is a challenging fast-paced platformer with a twist. Dash through tricky levels and transform the whole world at will in this fast-paced award-winning platformer. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut combines graphics that pack a visual punch and tight controls with the challenge of retro era platforming. Fluidly morph between two dynamically different dream worlds to solve puzzles and combat grueling enemies and bosses.
Check out the new “The Box Awakens” trailer for #IDARB announcing it will be available as a Games for Gold deal in February 2015. #IDARB is a constantly-evolving, crowd-sourced, minimalist game mechanic sketchbook that evolved into a chaotic 8-player eSport jumping jetpack future arena ball game.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Free Code Friday giveaway for a chance to win the game.
Game Description: Expand your Destiny adventure with a wealth of weapons, armor, and gear earned in new story missions, three new competitive multiplayer arenas, and a new cooperative Strike and Raid. Light Level cap raised to 32 and 5 additional Bounty slots added. New Cooperative Strike: The Will of Crota nests in the Cosmodrome. Three new competitive multiplayer arenas, Pantheon, Skyshock and The Cauldron. New Hive story missions that culminate in battles with a Hive god and his powerful minions. New Tower Character, Eris, with new Hive-themed weapons and gear to earn. New six-player Raid, “Crota’s End.
The Twitch on Xbox One app just got a huge update, thanks to some great new technology. The update brings a slew of advanced broadcast filtering features that should help you find exactly what you want to watch at a moment’s notice. The app now uses Xbox Live’s new ability to associate real-time gameplay stats with broadcasts, which enables a massive array of search options. Depending on the game, the filters may include player stats, game modes, maps, player skill level, in-game activity, progress, and more.
Want to search for the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare broadcaster with the highest kill/death ratio? How about instantly queuing up a Halo match from whoever has the highest rank in Slayer mode, or finding Forza Horizon 2 players who are driving a specific class of car? This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Twitch on Xbox One app’s broad array of new search options, which unleashes a whole new level of innovation and community-building potential. This new Twitch experience also helps up-and-coming broadcasters find audiences. After all, if you’re one of the best players of a game, yet you’re brand new to Twitch, you could quickly attract attention as viewers filter by skill.
In addition to advanced broadcast filtering, we are excited to bring fans videos on demand (VODs). Xbox One is the first console where you can view Twitch videos on demand. You’ll begin to see highlights and past broadcasts available to watch at any time, even when the broadcaster is offline.
Finally, your Home screen has been overhauled to provide a more personalized experience. Follow specific games or specific channels, which then pop up right on your Home screen. Broadcasters are also receiving some hot new profile pages, so viewers can learn more about them.
“Xbox One helped cement Twitch’s place in the living room with its robust set of features,” said Annie Berrones, Director of Product Marketing, Twitch. “With this impressive set of updates, including the ability to now follow the games you want, view archived videos and have access to more advanced directories, video game streaming and spectating as part of the home entertainment experience is only going to get stronger.”
Check out the embedded video for a guided tour of the new features, then fire up your Twitch on Xbox One app, and find exactly what you want to watch!
Game Description: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. This all-new adventure takes place in the Temple of Osiris, hidden deep in the deserts of Egypt. Lara Croft arrives at the temple, hoping to be the first inside, but rival treasure hunter Carter Bell has beaten her to the entrance. They each seek the Staff of Osiris, but they discover more than they bargained for. Upon entering the tomb, Carter removes the mythical Staff from its resting place and inadvertently triggers a trap cursing them both and unleashing the evil god Set. But the staff also awakens the gods Horus and Isis, the son and wife of Osiris. Now free from their ancient prison, they join forces with Lara and Carter in order to resurrect Osiris, the only god capable of removing the curse. As Lara and her companions fight their way across the sands and through ancient tombs, they will face gods and monsters of myth and legend. With the fate of the world at stake, Lara must uncover the fragments of Osiris to stop Set from enslaving all mankind.
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Game Description: Uncertain of his sister’s fate, a boy enters LIMBO The downloadable version of this game supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.
Game Description: Threes is tiny puzzle that grows on you. ³ Apple Design Award 2014 Winner ³ Honorably mentioned for Excellence in Design by the Independent Games Festival “It’s surprisingly adorable, for a game starring numbers.” ~ Joystiq “It’s the kind of game that embosses the rules on your brain within 30 seconds, but then compels you to spend the next two hours playing.” ~ Pocket Tactics Explore our little game’s deep challenge and grow your mind beyond imagination. ³ Endless challenge from one simple game mode ³ An endearing cast of characters ³ A heart-warming soundtrack Threes! is also one of the first games that can be played in Snap Mode! Try it out! ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞ ³ Designed by Asher Vollmer (Puzzlejuice, Close Castles) ³ Illustrated by Greg Wohlwend (Puzzlejuice, Ridiculous Fishing, Hundreds) ³ Scored by Jimmy Hinson (Puzzlejuice, Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 2) ³ Xbox One version by Hidden Variable (Bag It!, Tic Tactics) ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞ Threes grows with you and you’ll grow with Threes. The downloadable version of this game supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese.