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Xbox LIVE Sale: Battlefield, FIFA, Crysis and more

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Crysis 3, Dead Space, FIFA 14, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Xbox LIVE Sale: Battlefield, FIFA, Crysis and more

Microsoft have slashed the prices on a number of items over on Xbox LIVE including the likes of FIFA 14, Crysis 3, Dead Space, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

Check out the full list below:

Thanks OXM!

Xbox Live Deal Of The Week Offers Seriously Crazy Serious Sam Prices

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Castlestorm, Serious Sam, Serious Sam 3: BFE, XBLA, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Xbox Live Deal Of The Week Offers Seriously Crazy Serious Sam Prices

If you're an Xbox Live Gold Member, you can now pick up some seriously awesome games at seriously cheap prices. See what I did there? Yeeeah.

But don't let my awful attempts at Tuesday morning humour put you off from getting involved, seeing as you can get Serious Sam 3 or Double D XXL for £1.68. Also Castlestorm, which was surprisingly good fun. Links to the marketplace and our reviews below - but not before giving due credit and thanks heatlight @ HUKD, who posted these deals long before we did.

New Xbox Live Terms Of Use Will Let Microsoft Share Your Personal Info With Third Parties

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Microsoft, Terms Of Use, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One

New Xbox Live Terms Of Use Will Let Microsoft Share Your Personal Info With Third Parties

You'll have to agree to a new user agreement later this week to continue using Xbox Live, which "asks all users to commit to keeping their contact information up to date" in an effort to clamp down on potential fraud - and demands your consent to share personal info with third-party partners.

It's a security thing. Details below.

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Xbox One Video Details A "Ton" Of Multiplayer Improvements

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Microsoft, multiplayer, Xbox Live, Xbox One

Xbox One Video Details A "Ton" Of Multiplayer Improvements

Microsoft's Xbox One charm offensive continues unabated, at least for specialist gaming media and enthusiasts. Community reps Graeme Boyd and Larry Hryb have teamed up to present a new video detailing Xbox One's multiplayer features, and the numerous improvements promised by the next generation of Xbox Live. If you're looking forward to getting involved online at launch, or are still sitting on the fence, it's probably worth a watch.

That said, it's a little galling to watch them chatting about Skype when it's locked behind the Xbox Live pay wall... yet free on other platforms including the Vita. With luck, Gold Membership will be such an attractive option that it won't matter in the long run.

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Harada: PS5 Will Be A Service, Not A Console

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Cloud gaming, Katsuhiro Harada, Next-gen, Next-next-gen, PS5, PSN, Xbox Live

Harada: PS5 Will Be A Service, Not A Console

Tekken Producer Katsuhiro Harada has suggested that the PS5 might well take the form of a service rather than a console. Now, Harada is known for having some pretty far-out (yes, I've been watching Bill and Ted, sue me) ideas, but actually as this one goes, it's not really that far-fetched.

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Xbox Live Gold Free For All This Weekend

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Microsoft, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Gold

Xbox Live Gold Free For All This Weekend

All Xbox Live members will be treated as Gold Members this weekend, starting Friday, letting us enjoy the diverse range of entertainment apps, premium features and... No, I couldn't keep a straight face either. We'll all be playing Grand Theft Auto Online, or perhaps the Battlefield 4 beta for flavour.

This might also be a good opportunity to grab some multiplayer-only achievements if you're so inclined.

Might & Magic: Clash Of Heroes Is Next Free XBLA 'Game With Gold'

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Capybara Games, Games With Gold, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes HD, Puzzle games, XBLA, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Gold

Might & Magic: Clash Of Heroes Is Next Free XBLA 'Game With Gold'

Xbox Live Gold members will be able to freely download and play Might & Magic: Clash Of Heroes as the next 'Games With Gold' title, Microsoft confirmed yesterday. The promotion will run throughout the first two weeks of October, and will be well worth a look if you haven't tried it out yet.

We heaped praise upon the "lengthy and enjoyable puzzle game" in our 8/10 review.

Massive Rockstar Sale Hits Xbox LIVE

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Bully: Scholarship Edition, L.A. Noire, Max Payne 3, Midnight Club: Los Angeles, Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Massive Rockstar Sale Hits Xbox LIVE

Rockstar have kicked off a massive Xbox LIVE sale this week that'll see Bully available for three quid, L.A. Noire and Red Dead Redemption for under a tenner, and Max Payne 3 for less than £7.

The relevant DLC has all been heavily discounted too, and you can now see exactly how much things will cost thanks to the recent XBL update that nixed Microsoft Points in favour of "real" currency.

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Black Ops II: Apocalypse Map Pack Out Today On XBL

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Black Ops II: Apocalypse, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, DLC, FPS, Map pack, Treyarch, Xbox Live

The fourth and presumably final Black Ops II map pack launches today on Xbox Live, offering another four maps (two of which are "re-imagined") and zombie scenario for 1200 Microsoft Points... no, wait... £10.20. That's going to take some getting used to! Apocalypse is due out on PC and PS3 next month.

We've got the details after the break, though I daresay many of you will be more interested in the launch trailer embedded above.

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Xbox One Will Feature Cross-Console Friends List With Xbox 360, No Cross-Console Chat

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Voice chat, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One

Xbox One Will Feature Cross-Console Friends List With Xbox 360, No Cross-Console Chat

Microsoft have revealed new details about how Friends Lists will work on Xbox One, stating that although you'll be able to have cross-console entries between Xbox One and Xbox 360 there'll be no cross-generation console chat.

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Xbox One Reputation System Explained: "No More Cheats Or Jerks"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Microsoft, Reputation, Xbox Live, Xbox One

Xbox One Reputation System Explained: "No More Cheats Or Jerks"

Microsoft: Three-Tier System Is "Fair For Everyone"

Xbox Live program manager Michael Dunn has revealed the specifics of how the Xbox One's revamped reputation system will work. A complex algorithm will take both user reports, mutings, blockings and other factors into account, in order to bracket players into three separate categories. Good, Needs Improvement... and Avoid Me.

In contrast to the Xbox 360's practically useless setup, the new system will be carefully monitored to ensure that only the truly bad apples get slapped down. It's a big promise, but an exciting one.

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12 + 1 Months Xbox LIVE Gold Membership | £24.99 | SimplyCDKeys

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Xbox 30, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox One

12 + 1 Months Xbox LIVE Gold Membership | £24.99 | SimplyCDKeys

12 + 1 Months Xbox LIVE Gold Membership | £24.99 | SimplyCDKeys

Given that Xbox LIVE Gold Membership is often a tenner more than this, we suggest you snap this one up sharpish. Also, remember that Xbox LIVE Gold Membership will carry over to the Xbox One.

NB. Please note, you're paying for a digital code, not a boxed card. SimplyCDKeys is part of SimplyGames, who we've used many times before without issue.

Cracking spot, crimpshrine!

REPORT: Self-Publishing On Xbox 360 To Arrive This August

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
FarSight Studios, Indie devs, Indie Games, Microsoft, Self-publishing, XBLA, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

REPORT: Self-Publishing On Xbox 360 To Arrive This August

FarSight Studios, the developers behind The Pinball Arcade, have revealed that Microsoft will allow indies to self-publish on Xbox 360 as early as next month. 

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COMMENT: Xbox One - Another U-Turn, Another Chance

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Indie devs, Indie Games, Marc Whitten, Microsoft, Self-publishing, U-Turn, Xbox 180, Xbox Live, Xbox One

COMMENT: Xbox One - Another U-Turn, Another Chance

Another week, another Microsoft u-turn, maybe even two if the rumours are true about the Redmond company readying a Kinect-less console for Summer 2014 at a price that will undercut the PS3. But today is all about indie games. There was to be no self-publishing on Xbox One, we were all told, preparing ourselves for another generation of Microsoft exacting an extra firm grip on the gateway for developers wanting to publish on their platform. The reasoning has always been that a high, expensive bar with backing from an established name means that only wheat will arrive on XBLA, with the chaff remaining to push their noses up against the digital window.

But we live in an age of Steam and Android and iOS, of variable price points across  diverse range  of digital platforms. Microsoft can scarce afford to be so naive and conservative when it comes to their digital offerings. As we have already seen, the talent will simply go elsewhere.

COMMENT: Xbox One - Another U-Turn, Another Chance

But after performing a hilariously clunky 180-degree turn when it came to DRM and daily online requirements, it would appear that Microsoft have listened to the outpouring of developer discontent. It was forged in the media, of course, a long line of established names such as Retro City Rampage's Brian Provinciano, Jonathan Blow, and (perhaps most damningly) Lorne Lanning souding off against the Xbox One. Sony welcomed us with open arms, came the message, but Microsoft didn't want us.

There's previous beef there, and Provinciano in particular holds a serious grudge (though not without reason) when it comes to Microsoft, but that message has been destructive, and Microsoft have been unable to respond sufficiently. Moreover, when the company has moved to do something positive, the good news has been whisked away from  underneath them, stolen by sources who've leaked the news eagerly and not allowed Microsoft to savour their own thunder.

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Xbox One Reputation System Designed To Encourage Open Communication & Corrall Griefers Together

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Microsoft, multiplayer, Reputation, Xbox Live, Xbox One

Xbox One Reputation System Designed To Encourage Open Communication & Corrall Griefers Together

Microsoft senior product manager Mike Lavin has dropped some details about the Xbox One's new reputation system, which will reward sportsmanlike behaviour, encourage players to interact outside of parties and trap griefers within a festering pit of self-inflicted misery. We like this immensely.

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Xbox Live Games On Demand Daily Deals: LEGO Lord Of The Rings & Batman 2

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Games On Demand, Lego Batman 2, LEGO The Lord Of The Rings, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Xbox Live Games On Demand Daily Deals: LEGO Lord Of The Rings & Batman 2

Xbox Live is currently hosting a major Games On Demand promotion that sees many full games getting the daily deal treatment. Today's highlights are the excellent LEGO: The Lord Of The Rings for £11.99 and LEGO Batman 2 for £8.99, both of which offer a decent saving as far as we can tell (though are often much cheaper on PC). A small smorgasbord of other titles are also available.

You'll also find also a selection of more permanent deals ending on July 8th, including the likes of Divinity 2: DKS, Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway and Dragon Age. We've got the full list after the break courtesy of Major Nelson.

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Microsoft Do The Impossible, Usefully Implement QR Codes

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Microsoft, QR codes, Xbox Live, Xbox One

Microsoft have done the seemingly impossible. Ever since their inception, QR codes have been ridiculed, sneered at in the playground, and consigned to he rubbish tip for fads that were never as cool as the person who dreamed them up thought they were.

But now it seems as though the Redmond company have found a use for the scrambled boxes of coded information: replacing typed codes for digital software offerings on Xbox One.

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Trailer

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, PS Vita games, ps3 game, Xbox Live

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Trailer

"My great ape is nothing to mess with."

Now there's a line of dialogue that's a bit difficult to hear on a bleary-eyed Sunday morning. Fans of the mega-hit anime series rejoice, there's a new Dragon Ball Z game on the horizon and it's looking as delightfully demented as ever and it's coming to PS3, Vita and Xbox 360.

The new trailer for Battle of Z has an emphasis on the game's enhanced co-op features with up to four players able to take on fearsome enemies. Naturally there'll be epic eight-player rumbles too if you just want to have a huge brawl in a cloud of fit-inducing colours and special moves. Solo players shouldn't be worried though as you'll be able to go it alone if you don't want the help. Looking at some of these bosses though, you may reconsider. Enjoy the trailer after the break.

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Microsoft Announce Monthly Timetable For Free Xbox LIVE Gold Games

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Freebies, Microsoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live, Xbox LIVE Gold Membership

Microsoft Announce Monthly Timetable For Free Xbox LIVE Gold Games

Following their announcement at E3 that Xbox LIVE Gold members would be privy to two free games going forward, Microsoft have revealed that freebies will be dished out on the 1st and 16th of every month between now and the end of the year.

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COMMENT | Microsoft's Capitulation: We're Not Ready For Our Own Digital Future

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Digital Distribution, Digital vs Retail, DRM, GameStop, Microsoft, Playstation Plus, Pre-owned games, Retail, Steam, Xbox Live, Xbox One

I posited in my section for the roundtable article dealing with the aftermath of E3 that, if anything, this year's show had proved that we're not ready for our own digital future. Microsoft had put plans in place to drag a hefty corner of this industry a few steps further, kicking and screaming into real change and real transition. Instead of limiting themselves by appealing to lowest common denominators when it came to internet services, they'd opted to let that be someone else's problem, forging a controversial path ahead.

That controversy was understandable and expected. Ownership is a big deal.

We'd been begging for Microsoft (and EA for that matter) to show us something new, something forward-thinking and original, and they did just that. But they did it in the worst way possible.

I wrote an article a few weeks back, around the time that Adam Orth was finding out that in spite of most disclaimers that say "my views are my own" the Twitter jury can still find you guilty of misrepresenting the company for which you work, discussing the importance of clear communication, and of understanding consumer concerns.

COMMENT | Microsoft's Capitulation: We're Not Ready For Our Own Digital Future

Microsoft have paid the price for failing to express their vision for next-gen in a positive fashion. The advantages afforded by a system that has you constantly connected have been lost because Microsoft resorted to corporate doublespeak, long-winded, buzzword-stuffed rhetoric that serves nobody. The existence of Xbox Wire -- a website purposefully created to solve this problem -- was undermined by a wave of original press releases that served only to confuse and discombobulate. Don Mattrick's u-turn post was probably the most clearly written entry on the whole site up to this point.

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