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50% Off Metro 2033 On Xbox LIVE For One Week, Starts Tomorrow

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
4A Games, Digital Distribution, Metro 2033, THQ, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

From October 16th through to October 22nd, the rather fantastic Metro 2033 will be down to £5.49 on Xbox LIVE. Though not a true gaming classic, Metro 2033 was an intensely atmospheric FPS, with a cracking story, a wonderfully realised and thoroughly chilling world, and its sequel (coming next year) is fully deserved.

Here's what we said about the game in our 8/10 review:

"If you prefer your heroics to come with, well, heroics, look elsewhere on the shelf and detractors will no doubt write it off as a Fallout / Bioshock / Half-Life 2 hybrid. If though you like your games genuinely disturbing, thoughtful and intensely creepy, this is brilliant stuff. And hell, if you’re going to make a medley of three games you could do a lot worse than those, right?"

Make sure you check it out if you haven't already.

Microsoft Reaffirm MS Points System For Xbox LIVE

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Microsoft, Microsoft Points, Windows 8, Xbox Live

Microsoft Reaffirm MS Points System For Xbox LIVE

With Windows 8 set to use local currency as default, Microsoft have reiterated that they'd like to make life as complicated as possible by sticking with the MS Points system for Xbox LIVE.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Demo Out Now On Xbox Live

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
2K Games, Demo, Firaxis Games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Demo Out Now On Xbox Live

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is bloody brilliant, but if you don't want to take my word for it in our 9/10 review, why not try it out for yourself? A demo is now available on Xbox Live if you're a Gold subscriber, giving you the chance to sample its rock-hard action, strategic choice and controller-friendly interface.

As far as I know, a similar demo is slated to hit PSN tomorrow.

We've also got a survival guide going live later today, packed with handy hints and strategies.

MyAchievements Birthday Gift Revealed: 20 Microsoft Points

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Achievements, Gamerscore, Microsoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

MyAchievements Birthday Gift Revealed: 20 Microsoft Points

Oh dear. Microsoft's mysterious birthday gift for Xbox Live Reward subscribers has been outed as a staggeringly generous twenty Microsoft Points. Which won't buy you anything save the odd gamer picture, unless you manage to save up four years' worth for an indie game or cheap avatar item. [NeoGAF]

MyAchievement awards were recently introduced, providing a small rebate for players who beat certain Gamerscore thresholds. Personally, we feel that the opportunity for themed avatar gear and bigger Gamerscore tiers was sadly missed, but it's always nice to get something for nothing.

Achievements & Gamerscore Now Unlocks Xbox Live Rewards

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Achievements, Gamerscore, Microsoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Achievements & Gamerscore Now Unlocks Xbox Live Rewards

Unlocking achievements and gaining Gamerscore may be an addictive if ultimately pointless diversion for many players, but dedicated achievement hunters will now get some tangible benefits in the form of an ongoing Microsoft Points rebate and special gift. A very small rebate, mind you, but it's something at least.

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Xbox Live Deal Of The Week | Back To School Blowout!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Babel Rising, Carcassonne, Limbo, Rocket Riot, Sine Mora, The Splatters, Warp, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Arcade

Xbox Live Deal Of The Week | Back To School Blowout!

We haven't run an Xbox Live Deal Of The Week post in a while, mainly because the recent offerings have either been repeats, meagre reductions or flat-out boring. However, this week's update brings a massive boatload of savings both for Gold and Silver members alike. Gold highlights include Babel Rising and The Splatters for 400 MSP each, Alan Wake's American Nightmare for 600 MSP and Sine Mora at 800. Anyone can treat themselves to the likes of Joe Danger SE, Bloodforge, Geometry Wars Evolved 2 and Warp at half price, which is just the tip of the iceberg.

Four decent games are also on offer at 200 Points... including Rocket Riot. Get it. Get it now.

We've got all the discounts and links to each game after the break, though I'd like to give a shout out to omisnad at HotUKDeals - who heroically rounded up a full list of promotions earlier today.

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Microsoft Bringing Free-To-Play To Xbox 360, But You'll Need A Gold Subscription

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
F2P, Free to play, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox LIVE Gold Membership

Microsoft have reaffirmed their commitment to free-to-play, detailing twtwo releases that will explore the potential of F2P on a home console in a pilot program that will begin with the release of Happy Wars in September, and continue with Ascend: New Gods a month or two later.

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Microsoft: Real Money Prices On XBL "A Glitch"

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Microsoft, Microsoft Points, Virtual currency, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

Microsoft: Real Money Prices On XBL "A Glitch"

Eagle-eyed spotters witnessed a little change to Xbox LIVE last night, with prices for Avatar items suddenly showing up in real currency rather than in the usual Microsoft Points (check out the screenshots over at Save And Quit). However, Microsoft have stressed that this was merely a glitch, not an indication that they'd be abandoning Microsoft Points any time soon.

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Downloadable Metal Gear Solid HD Versions To Be Sold Separately, Dated

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Konami, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty HD, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD, PS Vita games, PSN, Xbox Live

Downloadable Metal Gear Solid HD Versions To Be Sold Separately, Dated

Konami will be releasing the HD versions of Metal Gear Solid 2, Snake Eater and Peace Walker as standalone downloads on PS3, Vita and Xbox 360 later this month. These titles were previously-available in the MGS HD Collection at retail, so gamers will soon be able to cherry-pick.

And no, before you ask, the original Metal Gear Solid isn't getting an HD revamp yet. But at least it's on sale on PSN. We've got the release schedule below.

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Microsoft Beefs Up Xbox Live Security

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

Microsoft Beefs Up Xbox Live Security

Urges Subscribers To Change Their Passwords

Xbox Live security has been thoroughly improved, Microsoft assures us today, in the wake numerous account hijack incidences over the last few months. However, you'd best change your password just in case...

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BioWare Mythic: Migrating Communities "Key" To Next-Gen Success

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Microsoft, Miiverse, Multiple connected devices, Next-gen, Nintendo, PS4, PSN, Sony, Unified Accounts, Wii U, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

BioWare Mythic: Migrating Communities "Key" To Next-Gen Success

BioWare Mythic general manager Eugene Evans, a man with over three decades of industry experience, has suggested that the key to success when it comes to next-gen consoles will be directly related to the ease with which console communities might be migrated from one generation to the next.

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Kinect PlayFit Will Let Us Keep Track Of Burned Calories

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Free, Kinect, Kinect PlayFit, Xbox Live

Kinect PlayFit Will Let Us Keep Track Of Burned Calories

Free Kinect App Launches This Week On Xbox Live

A free Xbox Live app will automatically tally the amount of calories gamers have burned in Dance Central 2, Kinect Star Wars, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 and other Kinect-enabled titles - unlocking avatar rewards and achievements as we cumulatively increase our score. Social features and daily challenges will goad players into getting involved, and of course, there's a dynamic advert in the bottom-right corner. According to Major Nelson, Kinect PlayFit is already available Stateside, and will likely arrive in Europe tomorrow as part of the Xbox Live content update.

Will achievements and avatar stuff encourage us to keep fit? We're not sure, but either way, it's nice to see Kinect owners getting some free stuff, and given another reason to dust off the powerful yet under-used peripheral.

Breaking: Xbox LIVE Is Down, Microsoft Investigating [UPDATE]

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Microsoft, Problem, Xbox Live

Breaking: Xbox LIVE Is Down, Microsoft Investigating [UPDATE]

At the time of writing, Xbox LIVE is currently not allowing users to sign in. This problem has persisted for an hour and a half so far, and Microsoft are currently "working to resolve the issue." Whatever that may be.

Keep calm and carry on. You can check the status of the service here.

UPDATE: Signing in now seems to be working for some users - at the very least, I've been able to load a few adverts. Many gamers are reporting normal service, so with luck, things should be sorted very soon.

Xbox Live Deal Of The Week | Trine Two Give Nexuiz Away

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Nexuiz, Trine 2, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Xbox Live Deal Of The Week | Trine Two Give Nexuiz Away

Apologies for the truly horrendous title pun, but this week's Gold Member-exclusive Xbox Live deal features a couple of major highlights. Nexuiz, the slick arena shooter, is down to an outrageous 200 Microsoft Points - and fantabulous puzzler Trine 2 will only set you back 600. Be sure to check out our 9/10 review. Otherwise, also be sure to check out Shoot Many Robots while it's discounted - well worth a punt. Review here.

Here's the list and marketplace links so far, as always, chime in if you've spotted any more!

Xbox LIVE Summer Of Arcade Lineup Dated And Priced

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Deadlight, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Hybrid, Summer of Arcade, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, Wreckateer, XBLA, Xbox Live

Xbox LIVE Summer Of Arcade Lineup Dated And Priced

Microsoft have unveiled their Xbox LIVE Summer of Arcade lineup. It kicks off on July 18th with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD and will end on August 15th with Dust: An Elysian Tail. Remember, if you buy the lot, you'll get a nice 400 MSP rebate.

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Microsoft To Allow For Greater XBLIG Pricing Flexibility

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
App Hub, Indie devs, Indie Games, Microsoft, XBLIG, Xbox Live

Microsoft To Allow For Greater XBLIG Pricing Flexibility

Starting from tomorrow, Microsoft will be changing how frequently indie developers can alter the prices of their games on the Xbox LIVE Indie Games service.

Previously, developers had only been able to change their pricing once every 90 days. Now, however, developers will be able to shake things up once a week should they wish.

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RUMOUR: Kinect-Controlled Web Browser Coming To Xbox

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Bing, IE9, Internet browser, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

RUMOUR: Kinect-Controlled Web Browser Coming To Xbox

There are a few rumours afoot today, with the latest suggesting that Microsoft have a Kinect-controlled Internet Explorer experience in the pipeline for Xbox 360. It would make sense, after all, the Xbox 360 is the only console that currently doesn't have one.

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Xbox LIVE: Don't Expect Day 1 Games On Demand Anytime Soon

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Digital Distribution, Digital vs Retail, Games On Demand, Microsoft, Retail, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Xbox LIVE: Don't Expect Day 1 Games On Demand Anytime Soon

Microsoft has defended its stance on digital distribution of full retail titles, saying the that reason Games on Demand titles release around six months later on Xbox LIVE than they do on high street shelves is all about consumer choice.

Which doesn't seem to make a huge amount of sense.

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Microsoft To Implement TV-Style Adverts In Entertainment Apps

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Advertising, Entertainment Apps, Microsoft, Xbox Live

Microsoft To Implement TV-Style Adverts In Entertainment Apps

Let The Monetization Begin!

Microsoft plan to add 15-30 second adverts into both free and Gold-membership exclusive Xbox Live entertainment video apps, which ties in nicely with a leaked memo suggesting that Microsoft plan to "further monetize" Xbox Live subscribers.

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RUMOUR: Xbox LIVE Subscribers...Prepare To Be Further Monetised!

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Cash, Dosh, Microsoft, Monetisation, Rhino, Shrapnel, Wedge, Wonga, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

RUMOUR: Xbox LIVE Subscribers...Prepare To Be Further Monetised!

There's nothing quite as stark as business-speak is there? While you Xbox LIVE subscribers are going about your daily lives, frittering away the hours of daylight in joyous pursuits, somewhere, under intense beams of halogen strip lighting, men in suits are coming up with ways to further monetise you.

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