Though there are a fair few AAA multiplatform games of note, it's also impressive to see just how many new and exciting experiences have made their way to the platform or are even being adapted from the PC for an entirely new audience.
Ori And The Blind Forest may not be the biggest game of the year, but it's a truly lovely little thing regardless.
It's a magical experience, from its unique platforming gameplay to its emotional story and eyepopping art direction, and shows that the Xbox One is doing its best to provide a true breadth of software. An oft-forgotten gem and one that we weren't able to secure to review back when it first launch. Now, finally, we can do it justice.Click here to read more...
According to a new rumour-slash-leak, next month's free Games With Gold have been revealed for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
If true, BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider will both be free on Xbox 360 throughout March for Xbox Live Gold Members. Lara will take the first shift until March 15th, at which point Booker takes over for the rest of the month.
Meanwhile, on Xbox One, Rayman Legends will be free to download all March long, while #IDARB will remain free.
No official confirmation yet, but expect it soon. According to a purported screengrab of Microsoft's internal ExpertZone site, we'll also get double the number of Xbox Live Games With Gold in April, which suggests that Microsoft are trying to up their game and compete with PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection. Here's hoping.
#IDARB is free on Xbox One. Go get it! So long as you're reading this in February 2015 and subscribe to Xbox Live Gold, just click here, sign in and queue up the download.
It's a small file, but you'll have just enough time to invite at least three friends over, preferably with their own Xbox One controllers.
Once you've grabbed a few snacks and perhaps thrown a few tinnies into the fridge, I'll have just enough time to explain why this bizarre mashup of Super Mario, Supraball, basketball and FIFA is one of the local multiplayer events of the last year... but a game that absolutely has to be enjoyed with at least three mates or not at all. And preferably while it's free, because value is going to be very hard to call.
In case you don't know, #IDARB (It Draws A Red Box) is a uniquely crowd-sourced project. Other Ocean tweeted an abstract picture of a red rectangle then reached out to the community for ideas about what the game should actually be. The result is a 4v4 team sport with one ball, two goals, enthusiastic commentary and an emphasis on brotastic team play... only with the mechanics of a sidescrolling platformer.Click here to read more...
Crazy platforming Esports game #IDARB is next month's free Game With Gold, but Microsoft have opened the floodgates early!
Note that the offer is only open to Xbox Live Gold members and you'll need to sign in to access the discount.
February is fast approaching, as are your new free Xbox Live Games With Gold on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Bonkers Mario-meets-Supraball eSport game #IDARB will be free to download on Xbox One at launch throughout the month. It looks to be a lot of fun, especially since spectators can cause bizarre in-game effects in real time by tweeting a unique hashtag.
Xbox 360 owners will have the opportunity to download Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons from February 1st, followed by Sniper Elite V2 on Vebruary Viftheenth. Sorry.
What do you make of the selection?