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April 1st 2014, 5:01 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 8 April 2014.

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

Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand

March 31st 2014, 10:04 am PT

PAX East Primer: Here’s Everything Xbox in Boston

PAXEAST

Moving this post to the front page for the weekend for easy reference

As you get ready to map out your plan of attack for PAX East 2014 at the Boston Convention Center from April 11th – 13th, be sure to include the Xbox presence (booth #524) in your agenda.

From the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare to Titanfall, we’ve got something for everybody. Catch up with some of our most engaged members of the Project Spark community (and try it out for yourself), or go hands on with ID@Xbox titles Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut.

Check back here for updates, and be sure to follow @Xbox and the  #PAXEast hashtag on Twitter  to keep up with the latest details on all our activities at PAX East 2014.

No tickets? No worries – you can still join us at a special event at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store on Thursday, April 10th. For more details on all the great content we’ll be showing off this year, read on:

Special Events

Microsoft Store Xbox Event – Thursday, April 10th 7:00 PM | Natick Mall, MA

Before heading into the 70,000 human abyss at the Convention Center, let’s kick off PAX East together, New England! Join Xbox’s Major Nelson on Thursday, April 10th at 7pm at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store for the first ever public demonstration of multiplayer mode in Harmonix’s upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved. Attendees will also get to play unreleased ID@Xbox games, the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals, and enter to win prizes including a pair of tickets to the sold out PAX East event.

Great news – you don’t need PAX tickets to attend, everyone is welcome! See you there.

Panels

Project Spark – Playing is Creating: How to transform from an everyday gamer to a creative visionary with Project Spark – Saturday, April 12th 12:00 PM | Albatross Theatre

Have the dream of creating your perfect game? Interested in seeing what an engaged and passionate community can create? Do you love playing new, different, and unique games? Join Team Dakota as we share the vision and reality of the limitless possibilities of Project Spark. We will showcase some of the amazing games, worlds, and content that our community has created. Learn more about Project Spark: Where Players Create and Creators Play. Currently available in beta and launching soon on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8.1!

Titanfall – Looking Back & Moving Forward – Saturday, April 12th 4:30PM | Main Theatre

Come meet members of Respawn Entertainment, including co-founder and CEO Vince Zampella, Producer Drew McCoy, Lead Designer Justin Hendry, Software Engineer Jon “Slothy” Shiring, and Community Manager Abbie Heppe, as they revisit the making, the launch, and the future of Titanfall.

Major Nelson Radio – Live! – Saturday, April 12th 6:00 PM | Albatross Theatre

Hello New England….we are baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Major Nelson Radio returns to PAX East with more fun than ever before. We hope.

Join Larry Hyrb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of the studio audience. We will have prizes, guests and probably fun. Note: Clowns are not permitted at the recording.

Hands-on Gaming & Entertainment

Kinect Sports Rivals – Built for the power of Xbox One, Kinect Sports Rivals captures your likeness as a champion and plunges you into a world of sports competition. Sign up to compete against friends, rivals, and the entire world in the Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship for a chance to win the grand prize of ten thousand dollars cash and a trip of a lifetime.

Titanfall – Winner of Over 85 Awards – Titanfall is the first next-gen shooter that combines pure adrenaline, wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. Stop by, as we’ll be featuring 24 stations for you to get hands on time with what GameSpot called “A Leap Forward for Shooters”.

Project Spark – The ultimate creation game that lets anyone build unique and instantly playable levels, experiences, and worlds, Project Spark will showcase exciting new content on Xbox One and Windows 8.1 at PAX East. In addition to Team Dakota, the development team behind Project Spark, providing hands-on and guided demos of the game, several of Project Spark’s superstar community members will showcase their own games and levels created within the game. Consumers who come by the booth and try the game for themselves can receive an exclusive “Pinny Arcade” pin (limited quantity).

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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare will be showcasing the Garden Ops mode, which pits four Plant team members against waves and waves of zombies and bosses who are out to destroy your garden, featuring content from the Garden Variety Pack update including a new map, a slew of additional character upgrades, and a host of fresh Pirate Zombies for players to face in the Sharkbite Shores map. Boss Mode allows players to employ SmartGlass to support their teams with a top-down view of the battlefield, employing enemy intel, health drops, revive stations and explosive artillery strikes. Players will also have a chance to receive The Super Duper Pack and Craaazy Pack giving players a mix of customization and consumable items, and are guaranteed to include at least one Uncommon item, one Rare item, and a high likelihood of a Rare character piece.

ID@Xbox – Recently highlighted at GDC, ID@Xbox is how independent game developers participate in the momentum of Xbox One. We’re showing off two of the titles – Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut in the Xbox Live area of the booth.

Twitch – With Twitch on Xbox One, you can broadcast and watch your favorite games live. Just say “Xbox, Broadcast” to show the world what you’re playing. Once you’re done broadcasting, use Twitch to watch the games you love, chat with the players you follow, or even join a broadcaster’s game.

Also playable: Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome & Killer Instinct

Other Recommended Fun

State of Decay – Booth #1039

For the first time, come play “Lifeline”, the new DLC for State of Decay, at the Undead Labs booth (#1039) during PAX! State of Decay is the hit zombie survival game which fans have turned into a multi-million unit franchise. Available on both Xbox 360 and Steam*, Lifeline will put you into the boots of Greyhound One — a military unit sent to ground-zero of the zombie apocalypse to rescue a group of scientists who might be the key to fighting the plague. *State of Decay game required, sold separately.

Powerstar Golf- Booth #836

Powerstar Golf will reveal a brand new course for the first time at PAX East! Play the course at Ubisoft’s Booth (#836), where Powerstar Golf will be one of the titles featured in Ubisoft’s “The Next Level” Tournament. Also, make sure to watch the trailer playing throughout the weekend in the booth.

Killer Instinct: MLG-hosted tournament — Booth #862

Fighting game enthusiasts at PAX East 2014 will have a chance to flex their competitive muscles playing Killer Instinct on Xbox One for the chance to win a variety of great prizes at the Turtle Beach booth (#862). Gamers in attendance can register for one of the 32 open slots available for each of the 3 days. All gameplay will happen on the Xbox One, using Killer Instinct FightSticks and customized Turtle Beach XO SEVEN headsets. All participants will also receive an exclusive Killer Instinct FightStick pin!

Twitch – Booth #936

Make sure you swing by the Twitch booth (#936) to catch Capcom Pro Tour action throughout the weekend. Twitch will also be giving away awesome swag bags to the first 250 people who come check out how easy it is to stream on next generation consoles including Xbox One. Can’t make it? Watch it all from the Twitch app on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

Age of Mythology Extended – Booth#492

The Battle for Heaven and Earth Begins again!  After the successful release of Age of Empires II :HD, Microsoft Studios is now bringing you Age of Mythology Extended an updated combination of the award-winning Age of Mythology and the Titan expansion.  Stop by the Age of Empires booth (#492) where you will be able to demo Age of Mythology: EX before it’s release or have your picture taken in the OneDrive photo stand and earn their your own Anubis Pinny Arcade pin and AOM:EX kraken bandana (while supplies last).

Age of Mythology Extended

Update:

Saturday at 11am in the Que Room: Your chance to have a poster signed by a Titanfall Respawn developer
Saturday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer
Sunday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer

Events, Industry, PAX, Xbox One

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.

Games with Gold, Xbox 360

March 31st 2014, 8:27 am PT

Phil Spencer to lead Xbox

Today it has been announced that Phil Spencer has been named the Head of Xbox.  He will be leading the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios.
I’ve known Phil for a long time, and I am 
incredibly excited by this news and what it means for Xbox. I’ll get him on the Podcast this week to discuss his thoughts.  Join me in congratulating Phil on his new role

Official Announcement On Xbox Wire

Industry, Xbox One

March 28th 2014, 4:06 pm PT
March 28th 2014, 1:28 pm PT

Here’s How to Watch this Weekend’s Call of Duty Championships

The 2014 Call of Duty Championships, presented by Xbox, are on NOW. With teams from around the world battling it out for their share of $1 million in prize money, the competition is sure to be fierce. Here’s how you can follow the action live:

  • Catch opening-round qualifiers action today and tomorrow on MLG.tv and the MLG app on Xbox Live. Rounds start at 9am Pacific.
  • Watch the championship finals on Xbox Live, Sunday at 3pm PT/6pm ET on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

In between matches, learn about the teams in the competition over on Xbox Wire, or join in the conversation on Twitter using the #XboxCoD hashtag.

COD, Events

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.

Xbox 360

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.

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