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. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition ($29.99 ERP) for free during the month of December. Outlast ($19.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from December 16th to January 15th.

  

On Xbox 360, starting Thursday, December 1st, Outland ($9.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through December 15th. Then on December 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Burnout Paradise ($14.99 ERP) for free through December 31st.

  

Read more about December Games with Gold titles over at Xbox Wire.

See last’s month’s Games With Gold here.

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

NOTE: This page uses a prerelease interactive media player. Please let us know what you like and what we need to fix. 

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.

Content: Furi
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Game Description: You were captured. Look what they’ve done to you… The jailer is the key, kill him and you’ll be free. Fight your way free in this ultra-responsive, fast-paced sword fighting and dual-stick shooting game. Boss design by Takashi Okazaki. Original soundtrack by Carpenter Brut, Danger and more!

Purchase Furi for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: The Game Bakers
Publisher: The Game Bakers
Website: Furi
Twitter: @TheGameBakers

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Microsoft Stores announced its 12 Days of Deals – the store’s annual series of incredible, one-day-only savings and doorbusters – and there are a ton of can’t-miss deals on Xbox One bundles, games, controllers and more. Savings run December 5 -16 at your local Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com while supplies last. In-store doorbuster deals are exclusively available at brick-and-mortar locations, while supplies last. Xbox and gaming offers include:

  • Day 3 (December 7): Save 50 percent on select Xbox One games, including Battlefield 1, ReCore and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. Gamers headed to their local Microsoft Store can take advantage of an In-Store Doorbuster Deal to get a $50 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of a 12-month subscription to Groove Music.
  • Day 4 (December 8): When you visit your local Microsoft Store, get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card while supplies last with the purchase of a 12-month Xbox Live Goldsubscription, giving you access to the fastest, most reliable gaming network, free games through the Games with Gold program, exclusive discounts on games purchased through the Xbox Store and more.
  • Day 7 (December 11): Get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of select Xbox Wireless Controllers. And for those looking to take an Xbox One home too, you can save $120 on select Xbox One* bundles (500GB) at your local Microsoft Store, while supplies last.
  • Day 8 (December 12): Save $50 and get two free select games with the purchase of select Xbox One S and Xbox One bundles. Plus, if you’re one of the first in line at your local Microsoft Store, you can also get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card.
  • Day 9 (December 13): Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, offering some very real savings on virtual reality. Want to test it before you buy? You can try HTC Vive or Oculus Rift for yourself at select Microsoft Store locations.
  • Day 10 (December 14): Save up to $1,000 on select Intel powered gaming PCs, starting at $799. You can also get Microsoft Studios blockbuster games: Quantum Break, Halo 5: Guardians and Forza Motorsport 6, for $19.99, as an in-store doorbuster deal at your local Microsoft Store.

For a full list of the 12 Days of Deals offers, visit the The Fire Hose blogs. With such great savings, there’s never been a better time to visit microsoftstore.com.

*Offer applies to original Xbox One bundles

Content: Steep
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Game Description: Ride a massive open world across the Alps, where the powder is always fresh and the run never ends. The mountain is yours to explore. So strap in, suit up, and drop in. Conquer the world’s most epic mountains on skis, wingsuits, snowboards, and paragliders. Ride solo or drop in next to other players to share thrilling, adrenaline-fueled rides. Create your own path through a massive open-world, and share your best custom lines with friends. Prove that you’re king of the mountain in unique and spectacular challenges. Capture your most insane stunts and share via social media.

Purchase Steep for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Steep Gold Edition for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Website: Steep
Twitter: @Ubisoft / @Steep_Game

Steep Gold Edition – this bundle includes Steep, snowman costume and the season pass.

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Content: Stern Pinball Arcade
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Game Description: Stern Pinball Arcade is the most realistic and accurate pinball game ever created! Stern Pinball Inc has created many of the all-time greatest pinball tables. They are the most experienced and largest producer of real pinball machines in business today! Modern classics in this collection include: Star Trek Vengeance, AC/DC, Mustang, “Boss”Harley-Davidson Third Edition, Last Action Hero, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Starship Troopers, High Roller Casino, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! and Phantom of the Opera.

Download Stern Pinball Arcade for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: FarSight Studios
Publisher: FarSight Studios
Website: Stern Pinball Arcade
Twitter: @PinballArcade

Not only did The Game Awards show off some of the best titles of 2016, it also revealed some upcoming titles and showcased some never seen before footage, including some good news for Halo fans from 343 Industries.

An exclusive trailer for Halo Wars 2 was shown providing deeper insight into the Halo Universe and a closer look at a new villain – Atriox. You can watch the trailer here and read more about Halo Wars 2 at Xbox Wire: Atriox Smashes Through in New Halo Wars 2 Trailer at The Game Awards

In addition to showing off the new Halo Wars 2 trailer, 343 Industries Industries revealed on stage that early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, available to anyone who preorders the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, begins rolling out to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on Dec. 20!

To read more about Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, check out this article at Xbox Wire: Fight with Forge Again in Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Dec. 20

Here’s how you can secure your copy of Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Dec. 20:

• Pre-order the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, which includes the standard game, Season Pass, four-day early access to Halo Wars 2 and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition.

• Once you pre-order the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, expect to receive a 5×5 code in your Xbox message center for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition starting on Dec. 20. Codes will be sent out in waves and it may take up to 7-10 days to receive your code after Dec. 20.

• If you pre-ordered the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition from a participating retailer, redeem that code from your Xbox account and your Halo Wars: Definitive Edition code will be sent to that account. Similarly, it may take up to 7-10 days to receive your code after Dec. 20.

There are 2 versions of Halo Wars 2 available for pre-order – Halo Wars 2 and Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition. Click each link for more details or see below

Halo Wars 2 – this bundle includes Halo Wars 2 and Welcome to the Ark.

Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition – this bundle includes Halo Wars 2, Welcome to the Ark, the Season Pass and Halo Wars Definitive Edition.

Dead Rising 4, the latest installment in the Dead Rising series, is scheduled to release on Tuesday, 06 December. And to celebrate the return of Frank West and one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time, I am giving away an Xbox One S console, accessories including the Xbox Design Lab controllers, Astro A50 headsets, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD, and of course, digital Xbox One codes for copies of the game.

Dead Rising 4 marks the return of photojournalist Frank West in an all-new chapter of one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time. All of the classic hallmarks of the ground breaking series return, including a huge array of weapons and vehicles players can combine to combat the horde ranging from the practical – to the practically insane.

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is submit your answer to the question below using this form:

Dead Rising 4 Giveaway

Note: I’m using a new method for contest entry – Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What can you win?

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Grand Prize Winner: 

*Xbox One S console – includes the following:

-2TB hard drive (internal)
-Xbox Wireless Controller with 3.5mm headset jack
-Console stand (for vertical orientation)
-HDMI cable
-AC power cable
-14-day Xbox Live Gold trial

*Xbox Design Lab Digital Code – design your own Xbox Wireless Controller with more than 8 million color combinations to choose from + custom engraving up to 16 characters.

*ASTRO A50 Wireless Headset for Xbox One

*Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD (512 GB)

*Digital Xbox One code for Dead Rising 4 (standard edition)

Second Place Prize:

*Xbox Design Lab Digital Code – design your own Xbox Wireless Controller with more than 8 million color combinations to choose from + custom engraving up to 16 characters.

*ASTRO A50 Wireless Headset for Xbox One

*Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD (512 GB)

*Digital Xbox One code for Dead Rising 4 (standard edition)

Runner Up Prize (5 winners):

*Digital Xbox One code for Dead Rising 4 (standard edition)

  • What are the rules?

Submit your answer to the question using the form above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT on Tuesday, 06 December. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regionscheck the availability of Dead Rising 4 for Xbox One in your Xbox LIVE region. Winners will be notified on or about 07 December. I will update this post with the winners after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: Any winner who does not respond to my email notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. Only entries received at www.majornelson.com using the submission form will be considered.

If you want to pre-order Dead Rising 4 or Dead Rising 4 Deluxe Edition, you can do that here:

Dead Rising 4 Bundle – this bundle includes Dead Rising 4.

Dead Rising 4 Deluxe Edition – this bundle includes Dead Rising 4 and the Season Pass.

 

The Game Awards 2016 live show will air today – Thursday, December 1, 2016 – 5:30p to 8:30p PT – from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA and streamed on a number of platforms and apps including Xbox Live, which means you can watch it on your Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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Besides watching The Game Awards 2016 on your Xbox One or Xbox 360, it will also be streamed on Beam as well as these channels:

YouTube Live

Twitch http://www.twitch.tv/thegameawards

Facebook live video

Twitter Live

Snapchat

The Xbox One stream of The Game Awards 2016 will include a couple of interactive features you can participate in while watching the broadcast using the free Xbox Live Event interactive app (XLEi app), including the opportunity to vote on the nominated titles you think are going to win the category (more details below) as well as the chance to take advantage of the flash sales being offered for many of the nominated titles.

Predict The Game Awards 2016 winners

  • Before the nominees of each category are announced, grab your controller and make your prediction from the on-screen list.
  • Think fast! The quicker you predict the right answer, the more points you get when the winner is announced.
  • Points are tallied to a community leaderboard and the top ten gamertags will be showcased during the broadcast.
  • Plus, you can check out your personal stats along the way.
  • At the end of the show, we’ll announce the champion and reveal their gamertag as part of the broadcast.

For more information about the show including a look at the nominations, check out the official website here. There are some great titles representing each category, and we’re pleased to see a few of our titles made the list, including:

Best Sports / Racing Game
Forza Horizon 3

Best Action Game
Gears of War 4

Best Multiplayer Game
Gears of War 4

Best Fighting Game
Killer Instinct Season 3

If you’re not able to watch The Games Awards 2016 on Xbox One, I’m posting a list of all of the associated deals here. These special offers are available for all Xbox Live members and are only available through 04 December, so take advantage of them while you can.

Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Battlefield 1 Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
Battlefield 1 Ultimate Edition Xbox One Game 20% 1 – 4 DEC
Gears of War 4 Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition Xbox One Game 25% 1 – 4 DEC
Titanfall 2 Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
Titanfall 2 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
NBA 2K17 Xbox One Game 30% 1 – 4 DEC
NBA 2K17 Legend Edition Xbox One Game 35% 1 – 4 DEC
NBA 2K17 Legend Edition Gold Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
Dishonored 2 Xbox One Game 17% 1 – 4 DEC
EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Standard Edition Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Super Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 30% 1 – 4 DEC
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Xbox One Game 50% 1 – 4 DEC
Overwatch: Origins Edition Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
DOOM Xbox One Game 50% 1 – 4 DEC
DOOM Digital Deluxe Xbox One Game 50% 1 – 4 DEC
DOOM Season Pass Add-On 40% 1 – 4 DEC
XCOM 2 Xbox One Game 35% 1 – 4 DEC
XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
LEGO STAR WARS: The Force Awakens Xbox One Game 30% 1 – 4 DEC
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 35% 1 – 4 DEC
Battlefield 1 – Titanfall 2 Deluxe Bundle Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
Dark Souls III Xbox One Game 20% 1 – 4 DEC
DARK SOULS III – Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 20% 1 – 4 DEC
The Witness Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
Firewatch Xbox One Game 40% 1 – 4 DEC
INSIDE Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
Oxenfree Xbox One Game 50% 1 – 4 DEC
Overcooked: Gourmet Edition Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
Hyper Light Drifter Xbox One Game 33% 1 – 4 DEC
The Banner Saga 2 Xbox One Game 20% 1 – 4 DEC
Killer Instinct: Season 3 Ultra Edition Xbox One Game 50% 1 – 4 DEC
Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One Game 25% 1 – 4 DEC
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 – Digital Exclusive Xbox One Game 35% 1 – 4 DEC
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood & Wine Add-On 25% 1 – 4 DEC
Mafia III Xbox One Game 30% 1 – 4 DEC
Mafia III Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 35% 1 – 4 DEC

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
These special offers are valid for all Xbox Live members.

Whether you’re attending The Game Awards 2016 in person or watching it via a live stream, I hope you enjoy the awards presentation for some of the best games of 2016, plus world premieres, musical performances and other surprises Geoff Keighley and crew have planned for the audience.