Content: Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 3: The Last Place You Look
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Game Description: As Jesse, you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, you and your friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.

Purchase Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 3: The Last Place You Look for Xbox One

Purchase Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) for Xbox One

Purchase Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 3: The Last Place You Look for Xbox 360

Product Info:
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Website: Minecraft: Story Mode
Twitter: @telltalegames

Xbox Live Games With Gold For December 2015

For the month of December, 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.


On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing ($14.99 ERP) for free during the month of December. Thief ($29.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from December 16th to January 15th.



On Xbox 360, starting Tuesday, 01 December, Castlestorm ($9.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through December 15th. Then on December 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Sacred 3 ($19.99 ERP) for free through December 31st. And as an extra gift for the holidays, Gold members can get Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising for free from December 16-31.



Read more about December 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.

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 30 November 2015.


Xbox One Deals
Content Title Content Type Discount
WWE 2K16 Xbox One Game 25%
WWE 2K16 Digital Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 33%
Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition Xbox One Game 50%
Xbox Fitness: Jillian Michaels – Ripped in 30 Add-On 33%
Xbox Fitness: BodyWisdom: Tai Chi for Beginners Add-On 33%
Xbox Fitness: Extreme Combat for Xbox Fitness Add-On 33%
Killer Instinct – Maya Add-On 80%
Neverwinter Zen (500) Add-On 15%
Neverwinter Zen (1000) Add-On 15%
Neverwinter Zen (2000) Add-On 15%
Neverwinter Zen (5300) Add-On 15%
Neverwinter Zen (11000) Add-On 15%
Neverwinter Zen (23000) Add-On 15%
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016: Digital Exclusive Bundle Xbox One Game 25%
Metal Gears Solid V: The Phantom Pain Xbox One Game 25%
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Digital Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 10%
R.B.I. Baseball 14* Xbox One Game 75%

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

*These Deals with Gold offers are valid for Xbox Live Gold and Silver members.


Xbox 360 Deals
Content Title Content Type Discount
Bulletstorm Games On Demand 80%
Burnout Paradise Games On Demand 50%
Mirror’s Edge Games On Demand 67%
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Games On Demand 67%
WWE 2K16 Games On Demand 25%
Pro Evo Soccer 16 Digital Exclusive Games On Demand 25%
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Games On Demand 25%
Call of Duty Black Ops III Bundle Games On Demand 20%
Burnout Paradise Big Surf Island* Games On Demand 50%
Crysis* Games On Demand 75%
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning* Games On Demand 85%
Mirror’s Edge Pure Time Trials* Add-On 50%
Skate.* Games On Demand 75%
Skate 2* Games On Demand 75%
Skate 3* Games On Demand 50%
R.B.I. Baseball 14* Arcade 75%

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

*These Deals with Gold offers are valid for Xbox Live Gold and Silver members.

For a look at even more deals, check out my Black Friday Xbox Digital Game Deals post and Black Friday Deals: $299 Xbox One Consoles post.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is now available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 – and when it launched, we announced Crystal Dynamics, Twitch and Xbox added two new interactive features enabled when the game is streamed via the Twitch application on Xbox One. If you want to see how the feature works first hand, I’ll be streaming the game on Twitch and showing off the feature.

The stream is scheduled for Monday, 23 November at 3p ET / 12p PT and will be streamed live on my Twitch channel (or watch it below once it goes live). I will be joined by Laura (lollip0p), who you may recognize as one of my co-hosts from the MNR podcast.

Watch the stream for a chance to win a code for Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Here are the features we’ll be showing off.

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Twitch Interactive Features

* Gamers who stream Rise of the Tomb Raider in Expedition Mode via the Twitch application on Xbox One will have the option to let viewers impact gameplay at various points by choosing between two Expedition Cards. Once viewers make their choices and totals are tallied, whichever card receives the most votes is activated for a period of five minutes, thereby mixing up the experience and making things either more challenging, easier, or just unpredictably fun.

* Gamers who tune in to watch Rise of the Tomb Raider being played via the Twitch application on Xbox One will be rewarded with gifts for viewing someone complete a special event in the single-player game. Viewer gifts of in-game credits are handed out when the player completes a side mission, challenge tomb, crypt, and other specific achievements.

Purchase Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox One and Xbox 360 from the Xbox Game Store.

In addition to the live stream, I also have an Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition to give away.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The collector’s edition is packed with valuable memorabilia, including a 12 inch tall statue of Lara Croft that depicts her search for answers on her first tomb raiding expedition, a model of the jade necklace that was Lara’s first archaeological discovery, and a collectible steel book case.

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is leave a comment below to this post answering the following question (do not post it on Twitter that will not count):

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft visits some of the “most beautifully hostile environments on earth”. Where do you think that would be?

  • What can you win?

One winner will win the Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition.

  • What are the rules?

Leave a comment to this post with your answer. Do not @ reply me on Twitter. That won’t count!

Deadline to enter is Monday, 23 November at 3p ET / 12p PT. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions – check the availability of Rise of  the Tomb Raider in your Xbox LIVE region. Winners will be notified via the e-mail account associated with their Disqus account or Twitter (when applicable) on or about 23 November (if you’re watching the Twitch stream, I’ll mention the winner there too). We use the Disqus commenting system – read this if you have questions about Disqus. If you use ad blocking or script blocking software, you may need disable it in order to leave a comment.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: If you do not have an e-mail address or Twitter name associated with your Disqus login, you must include this information in your comment to be eligible. Any winner who does not respond to my email notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. For faster notification, follow me on Twitter where I can DM you if you win. Only comments received at will be considered.

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Thanks for participating! Congratulations to Tracy Babb (GT: ORIGENxGarboMan) for winning the Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition prize.

This Week On Xbox – November 20, 2015

Here we go…the latest episode of This Week On Xbox.

Remember, you can watch the interactive version of This Week on Xbox from the Community section of the New Xbox One Experience dashboard in Canada, the UK and the US or at the Xbox YouTube channel (This Week on Xbox Playlist).

Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of the show.

If you haven’t made the move to Xbox One yet, there’s never been a better time to switch over than this Black Friday. Prices on the console will be lower than ever before, dozens of games will be discounted with up to 60 percent savings and Xbox One owners will be able to enjoy Backward Compatibility for more than 100 Xbox 360 titles, including the Gears of War series, Mass Effect and Borderlands.

Bundle ShotFrom Thursday, Nov. 26 through Monday, Nov. 30, select console bundles will be available starting at $299, the lowest price ever for Xbox One. You can also save $50 on any of our 12 Xbox One holiday bundles including:

(Purchase from Microsoft store, Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop, Walmart)

(Purchase from Microsoft store, GameStop)

(Purchase from Microsoft store, Best Buy)

(Purchase from Microsoft store, Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop, Target)

(Purchase from Microsoft store, Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop, WalmartTarget, Toys “R” Us)

Check out the rest of the bundles here:

These deals apply to both online and in-store purchases – even on Cyber Monday – so you can save throughout the entire holiday weekend at a variety of retail locations that carry Xbox One.

Take advantage of more than 150 game deals, some up to 40 to 60 percent off, and experience the greatest games lineup in Xbox history.

Check out the complete list of Black Friday Xbox Digital Game Deals

Starting today through Nov. 23, Xbox Live Gold members will get early access to deals of up to 40 to 60 percent off and Gold members save up to 10 percent more for being Gold.

Deals open to everyone on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and end Monday, Nov. 30. Some of our best new games and fan favorites will be included, such as Forza Motorsport 6, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, FIFA 16 and Grand Theft Auto V, along with more than 150 other game deals across Xbox One and Xbox 360, with even more deals coming over the weekend.

Go Gold for $1 and reap the benefits.

If you’ve been waiting to sign up for Xbox Live Gold, now is a great time. Gold members get early access to game deals and save more on many Xbox Store game sales. From today through Nov. 30, Xbox One or Xbox 360 owners can upgrade to Gold through their console for $1 for the first month of membership and unlock the early access to the deals. Xbox Live Gold membership lets you play games on the most advanced multiplayer network, and gives members free Games with Gold titles every month.

Several national retailers, including Microsoft stores, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys “R” Us and Walmart, will also offer special Black Friday deals. Check with your local retailers for more information.

In addition to the New Xbox One Experience update released for Xbox One last week, we continue to improve our other Xbox products and services including the Xbox App on Windows 10. I discuss some of these new features in the video below, while Mike Ybarra, Director of Program Management, Xbox comments on the update in his post over at Xbox Wire, which I’ve included below.

Those of you running Windows 10 on your PC or tablet may have noticed some exciting updates in the Xbox app over the past few days. Just like on Xbox One, regular updates inspired by fan feedback have been a cornerstone for the Xbox app on Windows 10. Your feedback through the Xbox beta app has been extremely valuable, and we’ve been listening. Today, you’ll notice an upgraded social experience in the Xbox app as we’re unifying your Xbox Live and Facebook communities with the release of the Facebook friend finder. This feature joins the recently launched Game DVR voice recording feature and improvements to the Xbox Store accessible through the Xbox app.

Here’s an overview of the new experiences that you can now enjoy:

Facebook friend finder in the Xbox app and on Inspired by a top requested fan feature, we’re bringing two of your favorite social networks together – Xbox Live and Facebook – and making it easier than ever to find more people to play games and have fun with. In the Friends column on the right side of the Xbox app, look for the Facebook icon in the Suggested Friends area. Click it to link your Facebook account to your Xbox Live account and start seeing suggestions for Facebook friends who you can add on Xbox Live. Facebook friend finder can also be found in the Settings area of the Xbox app.

As your friends link their Facebook accounts to their Xbox Live accounts, you’ll see increasing numbers of Facebook friend suggestions, so be sure to spread the word. One easy way to do this: when you first link your Xbox Live account to your Facebook account in the Xbox app, take advantage of the “Share to Facebook” option which will generate an “I’m on Xbox” post on your Facebook timeline.

When your friends see your shared “I’m on Xbox” post on Facebook, they can click through and access the Facebook friend finder on, which also becomes available this week. In this way, web users on any platform and device can grow their Xbox Live network with Facebook friends as well.

Record voiceover in your Game DVR clips on your PC: With today’s Xbox app update running on the latest Windows 10 update, you can now plug in a headset and narrate your Windows 10 game clips with your own voice using Game bar and Game DVR hotkeys. To turn microphone recording on or off for a gaming session, press Win + Alt + M. Want to turn microphone recording on for all gaming sessions? Go to Game bar > Settings > Audio or Xbox app > Settings > Game DVR > Audio. And if you like personalizing your Game DVR hotkeys and want to customize the microphone recording hotkey, do it here: Game bar > Settings > Shortcuts or Xbox app > Settings > Game DVR > Keyboard shortcuts.

Share your Windows Store game clips with your voiceover commentary with your friends on Xbox Live through the Xbox app, or share any of your game clips on the social network of your choice through your PC.

Record ANY game on your Windows 10 PC: The recent Windows 10 update also enables you to record game clips and capture screenshots for ALL games, including PC games where Game bar and Game DVR hotkeys didn’t work earlier.

Xbox Store section: The Store section in the Xbox app will now bring you into the Xbox Store – a launching point for browsing and searching for both Windows 10 and Xbox One games. The new interface allows you to see more content in the Store at a glance and brings you the latest crop of the most popular Windows 10 and Xbox One games, plus you can redeem Games with Gold games or get discounted games through Deals with Gold. Additional details on Xbox Store improvements that we tested recently in the Xbox beta app and have now officially released to the Xbox app can be found here.

For more information about Xbox App On Windows 10, check out the Xbox Wire. If you have an idea to improve Xbox products and services or would like to vote on existing submissions, visit the Xbox Feedback website. Thanks again for all of your support.

Halo World Championship Kicks Off In December

Earlier this year at gamescom, 343 Industries and Xbox announced the Halo World Championship (HaloWC), the biggest Halo esports competition in franchise history that is centered on the ultra-competitive Arena multiplayer mode of Halo 5: Guardians. We’re excited to unveil new details, including when and where the tournament will take place, an update on the crowd-fund assisted prize-pool, and how you and your friends can register to compete against the very best around the world.


HaloWC Prize Pool at $1.7 Million and Growing!

Xbox and 343 Industries originally announced a starting prize pool of $1 million for the Halo World Championship, with the potential to grow through crowd-funding via the all-new Requisition System (REQ System) of Halo 5: Guardians. Since launch, the prize pool has grown tremendously because of the Halo community, bringing the prize pool to $1.7 million and is growing daily!

Tournament Format

Partnering with MLG, ESL and Gfinity, the Halo World Championship consists of online and in-person live events that will take place in U.S. and Canada, Europe along with the Middle East and Africa, Greater Asia, Latin America, and Australia and New Zealand. Key dates include:

• December 6, 2015 – Online Ladders Begin
• December 19, 2015 to January 31, 2016 – Online Qualifiers and Regional In-Person Live Events
• January 23, 2016 to February 21, 2016 – Regional Finals across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia/Australia/New Zealand
• March 1, 2016 to March 20, 2016 – Halo World Championship Prelims and Finals

NOTE: For more information regarding the online ladders, qualifiers and regional in-person live events, please visit:


Anyone who wants to learn more or register in the Halo World Championship should head over to the new Halo esports portal, For esports fans, we’ll be livestreaming everything from ladders, qualifiers, regionals and finals – be sure to tune-in to the Halo and Xbox Twitch channels! The stakes have never been higher in the world of Halo esports – maybe it’s time to start practicing?


Content:The Crew Wild Run Edition
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Game Description: Get The Crew open world driving and The Crew Wild Run expansion in one bundle. Or buy the Complete Edition and get The Crew, The Crew Wild Run expansion and the Season Pass. Roam freely from sea to shining sea. Ride recklessly across the entire US map. Customize your cars, monster trucks and motorcycles for mayhem on and off-road. Join instant stunt and skill challenges. Visit iconic US locations every week to compete in wild stunt and racing competitions solo or in co-op. Includes 4 PvP modes, 20 more missions added since release and more Wild Run content to come!

Purchase The Crew Wild Run Edition for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase The Crew Complete Edition for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Ivory Tower
Publisher: Ubisoft
Website: The Crew Wild Run
Twitter: @TheCrewGame