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August 25th 2014, 4:43 pm PT

Microsoft Retail Stores Hosting Launch Events for Madden NFL 15 and Destiny

In the coming weeks, all 103 Microsoft Stores will be hosting a series of in-store events to celebrate the launches of Madden NFL 15 and Destiny.

To kick off the launch of the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle and the start of the football season, 60 Stores in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will be hosting tournaments for Madden NFL 15. Sign up for local challenges or watch the best in your area compete from Aug. 26 through Sept. 5. To find out more about tournaments check with your local store.

Additionally, on Sept. 6 all Microsoft Stores will host a Madden and NFL Kickoff Party just in time for the official opening weekend of football season. Attend the day long festivities, including hands-on gameplay, giveaways and a fun photo opp putting your face on the cover the game. The first 25 fans to pick up their copy of Madden NFL 15 this day will receive their very own NFL gift bag.

If you didn’t pre-order your limited edition Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle, which includes a copy of Madden NFL 15, you can pick one up during one of these store events. You can also trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your purchase.

Then, to celebrate Destiny’s upcoming launch, Microsoft retail stores will begin the countdown to midnight launch with events starting at 10 p.m. on Sept. 8 with early gameplay access, giveaways, food, drink, and more. You’ll have a chance to get your hands on the game before picking up your copy. Additionallly, Microsoft Stores offer a $10 gift card for pre-orders of any game in the Store, including Destiny, or $10 on Xbox Live if you order on MicrosoftStore.com.

 

August 25th 2014, 8:39 am PT

Xbox at PAX Prime 2014

Labor Day might just mean a long weekend for some, but for gamers, it’s PAX Prime time: four days of games, panels, and camaraderie with our fellow players. As is custom, Xbox has a lot planned – Washington is our home base, after all. Here are some highlights – find the full rundown over at Xbox Wire.

PAX Event

Thursday: ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

PAX doors don’t officially open until Friday, but we know a lot folks get into town early. That’s why we’re inviting everyone over to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus to play some new and upcoming indies on Xbox One. The event starts at 6pm, and we’ll even give you a ride. Find all the details here.

Saturday: Major Nelson Radio at PAX Prime

Sphinx Theatre

Saturday, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

For the 10th year in a row, it’s Major Nelson Radio at PAX Prime! Like a fine wine that has gotten better with age, Major Nelson Radio goes down smooth and leaves no bitter aftertaste.

Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, lollip0p and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of a studio audience. We will have prizes, guests and probably fun.

Note: Clowns are not permitted at the recording.

Friday-Monday: Visit the Xbox Booth

The Xbox Booth [#412] is the place to play this holiday’s hottest blockbusters! We’ll be featuring hands-on Xbox One exclusives like Sunset Overdrive, remastered Halo 2 Anniversary and Forza Horizon 2, the highly anticipated Electronic Arts title Dragon Age: Inquisition and digital favorites like Ori and the Blind Forest, Killer Instinct, Project Spark, and Project Totem, plus various ID@Xbox titles.

We’re also leading panels, participating in Pinny Arcade, hosting a Halo Tournament with Twitch and giving PAX fans a way to put themselves in the world of Sunset City at the Paramount Theatre. Learn more about these activities plus more at our U.S. Events Website.

To learn more about what you’ll find when you visit the Xbox Booth, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, and Dragon Age Inquisition, click here.

General PAX Info

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Friday, August 29 – 9:00 am to 6 pm (press only until 10:00 am)

Saturday, August 30 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, August 31 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Monday, September 1 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

See PAX website for extended event hours and other evening activities. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you starting this Thursday.

August 22nd 2014, 3:08 pm PT
August 22nd 2014, 3:05 pm PT

Madden NFL 15 Xbox One Now Available for Xbox One

Madden NFL 15Content: Madden NFL 15

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Game Description: Madden NFL 15 transforms you into your rival’s worst nightmare with a new breed of defense built to challenge the best offenses in the NFL. An all-new, intuitive tackling system, and improved coverage logic make defense exciting and fun to play. Learn and hone your skills in the Gauntlet, an all-new mode in Skills Trainer that will take your new abilities through the ultimate test in intense conditions and challenges. Whether building your legacy in Connected Franchise or a dynasty in Ultimate Team, it’s not just football, it’s Madden Season!

August 21st 2014, 1:43 pm PT

You’re Invited to Microsoft to Play ID@Xbox Games

With tons of ID@Xbox titles coming in the next 12 months from some amazing independent developers, we simply couldn’t fit them all in the Xbox booth. So we decided to give them their own event, and you’re invited.

Yes, you.

PAX Event

We’re throwing open the doors at the scenic Microsoft Campus – come see where we work, come play our games, and kick off PAX Prime weekend with hundreds of fellow gamers.

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Thursday, August 28th from 6:00 PM til 8:30 PM)

Where: Microsoft Building 92, 15010 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052 (directions here)

Who: Xbox fans 18 and older (under 18 allowed with parent/guardian)

What you can do: Play over 25 upcoming ID@Xbox titles. Talk to the devs. See the beautiful Xbox campus.

Admission cost: FREE

We know many of you will be in town for PAX Prime, and we’ve got you covered. We’ve commandeered the Sunset Overdrive bus to get you here – Overcharge included! Shuttles will pick up from the Seattle Convention Center area (map here!) at 430pm and 630pm, returning to the Convention Center at 8pm and 930pm.

NOTE: the bus has limited capacity, and are first-come-first-served. If you drive, we’ll have plenty of parking for you on-site.

See you next Thursday!

UPDATE: Here’s the confirmed list of playable titles at the event:

#IDARB Other Ocean
Chariot Frima
Dive Kick Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC
Dungeon of the Endless AMPLITUDE Studios
Fenix Rage Reverb Triple XP
Fibbage Jackbox Games, Inc.
Funk of Titans A Crowd of Monster S.L.
Gunscape Blowfish Studios
Knight Squad Chainsawesome Games
Legend of Raven Nicalis, Inc.
Lifeless Planet Stage 2 Studios, LLC
Lovely Planet tinyBuild
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime Asteroid Base Inc.
Never Alone (Kisima Innitchuna) E-Line Media
No Time to Explain tinyBuild
Pinball FX2 Zen Studios
Pneuma: Breath of Life Deco Digital
QUBE: Director’s Cut Toxic Games
Rivals of Aether Dan Fornace
Roundabout No Goblin
Siegecraft Commander Blowfish Studios
SlashDash Nevernaut Games
SpeedRunners tinyBuild
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing NeocoreGames
Threes! Hidden Variable Studios
Unmechanical: Advanced Edition GRIP Digital s.r.o.
Volgarr the Viking Crazy Viking Studios LLC
Warframe Digital Extremes
August 21st 2014, 7:34 am PT

Fibbage: The Hilarious Bluffing Party Game is Now Available on Xbox One

FibbageContent: Fibbage: The Hilarious Bluffing Party Game

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Game Description: Fibbage is the lying, bluffing, fib-till-you-win multiplayer trivia party game from the makers of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK! Play with 2-8 players! Fool your friends with your lies, avoid theirs, and find the (usually outrageous) truth. And get this: your phone or tablet is your controller! “The mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky is a _____.” Baby? Rabbit? Ham sandwich? It’s up to you! Fool your opponents into thinking your bluff is true and you’ll rack up the points! But be careful, if you pick an opponent’s bluff, they’ll be doing a Fibbage fancy dance. Hosted by YOU DON’T KNOW JACK’s very own, and very lonely, Cookie Masterson!

August 19th 2014, 8:00 am PT

GTA Online San Andreas Flight School Update Now Available

Fans of flight in Grand Theft Auto V have a lot of new content to enjoy starting today, with the free release of GTA Online’s San Andreas Flight School Update. Here’s more from our friends at Rockstar Games.

Enjoy the thrill and exhilaration of being a patriotic hero with the San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online. This new update features a collection of new air and land vehicles, aerial solo challenges, and much more.

Grab the stick of the fast and nimble Western Besra training jet and push it to the edge of the envelope. Master absolute air superiority in 10 new solo missions that will make you comfortable in any pilot’s danger zone, including combat maneuvering, low-flying challenges, formation flying and more.

Once it’s ‘mission accomplished’ and you’re out of your heroic new Flight Suit, spend your shore leave buzzing the skies in the luxury Swift helo, or cram your entire squad into the new 16-seater Buckingham Mil-Jet for team transport in style. Hit the silk with a collection of new Chutes and Parachute Bags, and if things get a little out of control, rely on the Reserve Parachute to give you a second chance at that soft landing – or use it to get creative with your precision dives. Later, hit the streets in the shapely Invetero Coquette Classic, available in either hard-top or topless roadster variants for whatever your sea-level speed fix.

And round up your wingmen for new Races, Captures, Contact Missions, Parachute Jumps and more, including the three all-new VS Mission modes. Acquire Targets is a kill-the-carrier style mode where opponents fight in P996 Lazers to control one flag; maintain control for as long as you can to rack up points. In G-Rating, compete against other cadets as you fly to pick up 15 flags in both weapons hot and cold environments. Or try out Air Force Zero, where the defending team must protect an aircraft against an attacking team as it flies to the safe LZ.

Today’s update also introduces a host of gameplay improvements to GTA Online – these include increased payouts for harder to complete missions and GTA$ bonuses for playing missions with others. Plus, GTA$ payouts on replays are no longer reduced and all rewards are now time scaled.

Check out the SA Flight School’s informational video above and prepare yourself for the opportunity to become one of the best of the best.

Download GTA Online San Andreas Flight School Update here, and in case you missed it, Grand Theft Auto V is on sale all week.

August 19th 2014, 7:00 am PT

The Golf Club is Now Available on Xbox One

The Golf ClubContent: The Golf Club

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Game Description: The Golf Club is a next generation Golf Simulation which offers outstanding gameplay and Gorgeous Visuals. With the ability to Procedurally Generate courses and the depth of social interaction within the game there truly are an unlimited number of golf courses that can be created, shared and played with your friends.







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