Content: Friday Night Bullet Arena
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Game Description: Outmaneuver your friends atop strange topologies to secure ultimate space victory! Features local Multi-player (2-4 players) 10 characters to boop! and bop! with 10 different worlds, each with different scenery and stage hazards 250+ different levels! How it works: One Bullet: That’s right, only one bullet! If you shoot it, you’re going to have to catch it again. Catching bullets sound pretty dang hard? Well don’t worry, because Friday Night Bullet Arena features… Super Screen-wrap Action: You’ll never lose your precious missile because when it leaves the screen, it just comes popping right back in on the other side! Catch your bullet again in order to fire at your foes once more.

Purchase Friday Night Bullet Arena for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Red Nexus Games Inc.
Publisher: Red Nexus Games Inc.
Website: Friday Night Bullet Arena
Twitter: @rednexusgames

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Dan Ayoub, Studio Head of Strategy Games at 343 Industries, shares some information on the upcoming Halo Wars 2 Blitz Multiplayer beta, available from 20 to 30 January.


Last June, we invited our fan community to jump in and get hands-on with a slice of Halo Wars 2 with our first multiplayer beta. We received a tremendous amount of valuable feedback on both the technical and gameplay side that has helped the team continue to refine and improve the overall Halo Wars 2 experience as we march towards launch on Feb. 21, 2017.

I’m happy to announce one more opportunity to get hands-on with Halo Wars 2 and ask for your participation in one final large-scale multiplayer beta. This time around the focus will be exclusively on our brand-new, card-based game mode, Blitz, and it’ll be available on both Windows 10 PC and Xbox One beginning Jan. 20, 2017.

Blitz is our new twist on RTS gameplay that combines the deck building and split-second decision making of card-based strategy play with explosive tactical combat in the Halo universe. Your card deck, along with your faction leader, are your greatest resources as you assemble a collection of air, ground and infantry units and seek to out-think and out-maneuver your opponents on the battlefield. We’re really excited about this new mode and look forward to unleashing Blitz upon the community to play and run through its paces prior to launch. The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta will officially begin on Friday, Jan. 20 and is slated to run through Jan. 30, 2017.

On behalf of the entire team, thanks for your support and excitement around Halo Wars 2 thus far. We can’t wait to share Blitz mode with you starting Jan. 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, the story missions & multiplayer leaders from the original Halo Wars 2 campaign.

Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition – this bundle includes Halo Wars 2, Welcome to the Ark, the story missions & multiplayer leaders from the original Halo Wars 2 campaign and the Season Pass.

 

Content: Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution
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Game Description: The squirrels of the forest grew poorer and more starved each day that passed thanks to the tyrant King Louis the Umpteenth. It is up to you to raise an army to overthrow the king and set the world right again. Embark on an nutty journey filled with a strange cast of characters through a historically inaccurate retelling of the French Revolution with squirrels. If you are a fan of turn based strategy games and want something different from the status quo, this game is for you. The deceptively simple to learn rules of the game lead to a varied set of strategies that you can employ to defeat your enemy and march on.

Purchase Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: High Tale Studios
Publisher: Black Shell Media
Website: Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution
Twitter: @HighTaleStudios / @BlackShellMedia

Content: Nevermind
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Game Description: Nevermind is an adventure thriller game in which you must explore strange worlds and solve puzzles to unlock the mystery that lurks within the inner psyche of psychological trauma survivors. Within the game, you are a Neuroprober – a unique physician who, through the use of cutting-edge technology, is able to venture into the minds of your Clients for whom traditional treatment methods have proven ineffective.Traumatic experiences, especially those left untreated, take their toll in countless ways, often triggering other serious problems as each Client’s subconscious mind desperately tries to cope.

Purchase Nevermind for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Flying Mollusk
Publisher: Flying Mollusk
Website: Nevermind
Twitter: @Flying_Mollusk

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2016 was a great year for gaming on Xbox – we brought you the new Xbox One S, the ultimate gaming and 4K entertainment system with 4K UHD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range; we released over 100 console-exclusive games; we became the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live; and we launched our most comfortable, highest-performing controllers to date with the new Xbox Wireless Controller. Today, we’re pleased to introduce two more color options for the Xbox Wireless Controller that provide even more choice to our fans so they can game how they want.

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The first new controller is the Xbox Wireless Controller – Red, which has a two-tone matte red finish with gloss highlights on the triggers, bumpers and D-pad, as well as behind the thumbsticks. The Xbox Wireless Controller – Red is available now in the U.S., exclusively at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and GameStop, for $64.99 USD. The controller is also shipping to select retailers worldwide today.

Purchase Xbox Wireless Controller – Red from Microsoft Store

Purchase Xbox Wireless Controller – Red from GameStop

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The second new controller is the Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Orange, which has a similar design to the Xbox Wireless Controller – Red, but it’s green with orange accents. This controller comes with a green matte finish and gloss highlights on the triggers, bumpers and D-pad, as well as orange accents behind the thumbsticks. You can get the Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Orange in the U.S., exclusively at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and Walmart, for $64.99 USD starting January 24. The controller will also be available at select retailers worldwide starting January 31.

Purchase Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Orange from Microsoft Store

Purchase Xbox Wireless Controller – Green/Orange from Walmart (coming soon)

Both controllers feature all the benefits of the latest Xbox Wireless Controller, including textured grip, improved wireless range and Bluetooth technology for Windows 10 devices. These controllers are compatible for gaming on Xbox One, Xbox One S and Windows 10 PCs and tablets. You can also take advantage of the custom button mapping feature through the Xbox Accessories App, available for download from the Xbox Store or Windows Store.

For more details, check out xbox.com or visit your local retailer.

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 16 January 2017.

    

Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Just Sing Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Ginger: Beyond the Crystal Xbox One Game 25% DWG
Mantis Burn Racing Xbox One Game 33% DWG
Earthlock: Festival of Magic Xbox One Game 33% DWG
Tower of Guns Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Fortified Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Binaries Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Castles Xbox One Game 25% DWG
Rock Band 4 Rivals Bundle* Xbox One Game 30% Spotlight
Rock Band 4 – American Idiot (Album)* Add-On 30% Spotlight
Rock Band 4 – Lynyrd Skynyrd Pack 01* Add-On 30% Spotlight
Rock Band 4 – Queen Pack 01* Add-On 30% Spotlight
Rock Band 4 – Blink-182 Pack 02* Add-On 30% Spotlight
Rock Band 4 – Going Country Pack 05* Add-On 30% Spotlight
Rock Band 4 – Linkin Park Pack 01* Add-On 30% Spotlight
Rock Band 4 – P!nk Pack 01* Add-On 30% Spotlight
Rock Band 4 – The Black Crowes Pack 01* Add-On 30% Spotlight
Rock Band 4 – U2 Essentials 01* Add-On 30% Spotlight
Rock Band 4 – Off The Charts 02* Add-On 30% Spotlight

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

    

Xbox 360 Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Tropico 5 Games On Demand 70% DWG
Tropico 4 Games On Demand 75% DWG
Tropico 3 Games On Demand 80% DWG
Tropico 5 Epic Meltdown Add-On 50% DWG
Tropico 5 Paradise Lost Add-On 50% DWG
Tropico 5 Hostile Takeover Add-On 50% DWG
Tropico 5 Espionage Add-On 50% DWG
Tropico 5 Waterborne Add-On 50% DWG
Tropico 4 Modern Times Add-On 75% DWG

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

Content: Mass Effect: Andromeda
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until 12:01 AM EST on the release date (3/21/2017).

Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players to the Andromeda galaxy, far beyond the Milky Way. There, players will lead our fight for a new home in hostile territory where WE are the aliens. Play as the Pathfinder – a leader of a squad of military-trained explorers – with deep progression and customization systems. This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and player choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival in the Andromeda Galaxy.As you unfold the mysteries of the Andromeda Galaxy and the hope for humanity lies on your shoulders – You must ask yourself… How far will you go?

There are 3 versions of Mass Effect: Andromeda available for pre-order – Mass Effect: Andromeda, Mass Effect: Andromeda Deluxe Edition and Mass Effect: Andromeda Super Deluxe Edition. Click each link for more details or see below.

Mass Effect: Andromeda – Includes full game plus Deep Space Explorer Armor, Nomad Skin and Multiplayer Booster Pack.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Deluxe Edition – Includes full game plus Deep Space Explorer Armor, Nomad Skin, Multiplayer Booster Pack and Pathfinder Elite Weapon Set.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Super Deluxe Edition – Pre-order or buy Super Deluxe Edition (available only through the first Friday after release) for: Deep Space Explorer Armor, Nomad Skin, Multiplayer Booster Pack, Pathfinder Elite Weapon Set, Pathfinder Casual Outfit, Scavenger Armor, Pet Pyjak, Digital Soundtrack, Multiplayer Deluxe Launch Pack (get a head start on Day 1 Co-Op play with the Multiplayer Launch Pack which includes items to kick start your progress) and Super Deluxe Booster Packs.

Content: Knee Deep
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until 12:01 AM EST on the release date (2/3/2017).

When a washed-up actor hangs himself on location, a spotlight is cast on the backwater Florida town of Cypress Knee. Knee Deep is a crime thriller where choices matter as you investigate this mysterious suicide. Your screen becomes a stage as you investigate as three distinct characters: cheeky blogger Romana Teague, down-and-out local reporter Jack Bellet, and cynical private investigator K.C. Gaddis. Use your skills of observation, deduction, and cleverness to pull back the curtain and reveal the true story behind this swampland conspiracy. Knee Deep is about characters, storytelling, and the melodrama of swampland Florida.