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- 11/22/15--14:19: Gems of War review: A free to play puzzle-RPG for Xbox One and Steam
- 11/24/15--12:45: Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 3 out for PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360
- 11/25/15--10:11: Rainbow Six: Siege open beta gets postponed
- 11/26/15--00:36: Microsoft Store's Black Friday sale is live!
- 11/26/15--11:54: GAME unveils £250 Xbox One bundle for midnight Black Friday openings
Traditional puzzle games: Xbox One doesn't have enough of them just yet. Sure, we've got Tetris Ultimate and the excellent Japanese Puyo Puyo Tetris. Action-puzzle fans have Peggle 2 and Sparkle Unleashed. Match-3 enthusiasts have had to make do with the less-than-exceptional Frozen Free Fall, and that's pretty much it as far as pure puzzle games.
Lucky for us, 505 Games, Pipeworks Studio and Infinite Interactive have just released all the puzzle game an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 gamer could need. Gems of War is the spiritual successor to Puzzle Quest –a match-3 puzzle-RPG with endless hours of content and PvP gameplay. It's also the holy grail of free to play games – a free game that never stops being fun even if you don't buy anything. Read our full review to learn why Gems of War might be the best free to play game on Xbox One.
The hallmark of the Puzzle Quest series is its match-3 puzzle battles, and that's just what you get in Gems of War – with a f...
Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox One news!
This week, we're looking at Fallout 4 patches, Mass Effect Andromeda's lead character rumors, Dark Souls 3 series possibly ending and more!
From this week, every Sunday we'll be giving one lucky commenter a free Xbox One game, starting with Rise of the Tomb Raider!
We're still posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed. However, I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumors and talking points into one handy post every weekend. You can also rely on this weekly column to keep up to date with all the latest game releases too.
So without further ado, here's the latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.
Mike Ybarra discusses getting original Xbox games onto the Xbox One
The head of Xbox platform development, Mike Ybarra, recently caught up with The Inner Circle podcast to discuss a range of Xbox topics, including backwards compatibility for the original Xbox console. On the original Xbox, Mike said that they'r...
Xbox One owners will likely see a new system update today. Microsoft will roll out the new version for the game console, but this is going to be a minor update.
Xbox Live head of programming Larry Hryb stated on his Twitter account:
"We're releasing an Xbox One system update today that fixes a few behind the scenes bugs. No new features in this one".
Hryb later added that this update was already released for members of the Xbox Preview Program. It's likely that it fixes a few minor issues since the release of the New Xbox One Experience update earlier in November. The company has already announced it will not release any new feature updates for the console in December 2015 or January 2016 so the console can have a stable system for the very busy holiday season.
Source: Larry Hryb (Twitter)
This week's Deals with Gold promotion includes discounts on Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Metal Gears Solid V: The Phantom Pain, WWE 2K16 and more for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. If you're interested in more deals, check out the Xbox Store digital Black Friday sale, which has over 150 titles available at discounted prices.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Digital Deluxe Edition - $89.99 - Xbox One Store
Killer Instinct - Maya - $1.00 - Xbox One Store
Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition - $10.00 - Xbox One Store
Metal Gears Solid V: The Phantom Pain - $44.99 - Xbox One Store
Neverwinter Zen (1000) - $4.24 - Xbox One Store
Neverwinter Zen (11000) - $8.49 - Xbox One Store
Neverwinter Zen (2000) - $16.99 - Xbox One Store
Neverwinter Zen (23000) - $42.49 - Xbox One Store
Neverwinter Zen (500) - $84.99 - Xbox One Store
Neverwinter Zen (5300) - $169.99 - Xbox One Store
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016: Digital Exclusive Bundle - $44.99 - Xbox One Store
R.B.I. Baseball 14* - $5.00 - Xbox One St...
Rockstar has announced the company has added a new adversary mode to GTA Online. Titled "Running Back", this new mode will allow players to split into two teas of either four or eight where a designated runner needs to get across the far end zone line with the help of their team mates who are on the offensive.
The defenders need to work together and block the oncoming wave. The new mode can be activated at Raton Canyon Bridge, La Mesa Bridge and Zancudo Tunnel, and will be available across all platforms. It's also perfect timing by Rockstar with Thanksgiving just around the corner for the U.S.
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Xbox One owners who have a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription will get a lot for their money in December. Microsoft will give them a total of five games to download for free during that month. Two of them will be Xbox One native games while the other three will be Xbox 360 games that can be played via the Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature.
One of the two free Xbox One games for December's Games for Gold period will be Thief, the recent reimagining of the stealth-action game series from Square Enix. It will be available as a free game from December 16 to January 15. The other free Xbox One game is The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, which will be free for the entire month of December.
The Xbox 360 games that will be free and playable on the Xbox One will be Castlestorm, from December 1-15, Sacred 3, from December 16-31, and Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, also from December 16-31. The combined normal prices of all five games is $84.95, which more than pays for a...
Mojang and Telltale Games have now released the third of five planned episodes for Minecraft: Story Mode. The third part of this episodic adventure series, based loosely on the massively popular Minecraft sandbox game, is available to download for the PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms, among others.
Here's a look at the story summary for the episode, titled The Last Place You Look:
"As Jesse, you'll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, you and your friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion."
You can also go ahead and purchase access to all five episodes now for $24.99...
Better stock up on some AAs or an official kit from Microsoft if you're grabbing an Elite Controller
The Xbox Elite controller is a stunning bit of kit — see our review for more — that has one small flaw. If you can really call it a flaw. But it's going to be annoying for some people.
Let me paint the picture. You buy a shiny new Elite controller, you rip open the box, take it out of the protective case and go to put in your third-party play and charge kit battery packs to get down to some wire-free Xbox action. Only, what's this? The battery pack won't fit.
The issue is with the lugs on the battery door. To presumably accommodate the paddles on the rear of the Elite all three are in the center. This in turn is probably why the stock battery door feels a lot looser than it does on regular controllers. On the regular controllers they're more spaced out and as such don't marry up to the holes on the back of the Elite. So your battery pack won't fit. Or it won't if it re...
The Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle is available for just £299.99 on the Microsoft online store. What makes this bundle so special is the fact you'll not only bag the console itself, but also two games for free.
A remastered copy of Gears of War has been bundled with this Xbox One, as well as early access to the Gears of War 4 beta. Should you require something a little different, Fallout 3 and Fallout 4 will also be included and made available as free downloads. This offer lasts until December 30. Price includes tax and shipping.
Buy the Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle for £299.99
A Windows 10 tablet is now on sale in the UK that includes two game controllers that are built-in on either side of the device. The LINX Vision 8 Gaming Tablet is designed so that owners can more easily play Xbox One games, via the streaming feature that's supported on Windows 10.
In terms of hardware, the LINX Vision 8 isn't much to write home about. The 8-inch tablet has an Intel Atom Z3735E quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.30 GHz, along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. However, the controllers on the sides of the tablet are certainly different;
The Xbox controls on the side of the tablet match those on your consoles control, so you don't need to compromise your gaming experience just because you're away from your console. The buttons are backlit too, for gaming in any light conditions.
PC World is selling the LINX Vision 8 for £149 in its retail stores. While you can purchase the tablet online, you have to go to a physical PC World store to pick it up; de...
Ubisoft has decided to postpone plans for an open beta for Rainbox Six: Siege on the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The open beta for the upcoming tactical shooter was to have started today and last until Nov. 29.
In a statement on the game's official forums, Ubisoft said:
"We're currently seeing issues with matchmaking times and disconnection on all platforms. As such we're postponing the Open Beta until a later time and keeping the game under Closed Beta status. We apologize for the delay and can assure you this is our top priority. We will keep everyone updated regularly as we continue to deploy improvements."
There's no word on when the open beta will begin, but the full game is due to be released on Tuesday, December 1, so Ubisoft doesn't have a lot of time. The open beta is supposed to give gamers free access to three of the game's levels, along with several modes and 14 out of the game's 20 operators.
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Microsoft has commenced its Black Friday sale, offering huge discounts on Windows notebooks, Surface series, Xbox One consoles, games, monitors and accessories.
Here's a look at some of the deals on offer:
Surface 3 + Type Cover - $150 savings
Surface Pro 3 - $200 savings
Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV - $399 ($350 off)
Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300 - $69 ($80 off)
Dell Inspiron 13 i7359-2436SLV - $499 ($150 off)
Dell XPS 13 9350-1340SLV Core i5 128GB - $899 ($100 off)
Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor (U3415W) - $699 ($500 off)
Dell 27 Gaming Monitor - S2716DG - $549 ($150 off)
Dell 27 Ultra HD 4K Monitor - P2715Q - $449 ($250 off)
Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle - $299 ($50 off, comes with a $60 gift code and one free game)
Be sure to head to the Microsoft Store to check out all the deals currently available.
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Microsoft is giving 200 Xbox fans in Los Angeles a chance to attend a cool celebration, along with the 2015 edition of The Game Awards. Both will take place on Thursday, December 3.
Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb states that the Xbox fan event will let its attendees enjoy "an afternoon of food and drinks and meet special guests from the Xbox team" at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA LIVE. Microsoft has yet to set up the time for the event and it has not announced how it will pick the 200 fans. However, they do have to be local, or at least, visiting, the LA area as Microsoft won't be providing transportation or lodging for the event. They also have to be 21 years of age and over.
After the Xbox fan celebration is over, the 200 fans will walk over to the Microsoft Theater at LA Live to attend The Game Awards 2015. This is the second year for the event, which was created by Geoff Keighley, who used to host the Spike cable TV network's Video Game Awards. The event will give ...
Ubisoft has finally started its open beta for Rainbox Six: Siege on the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The open beta for the upcoming tactical shooter was to have started on Wednesday, but was postponed due to online matchmaking issues that were discovered just before it was set to begin.
In a updated statement on the game's official forums, Ubisoft said:
"We want to thank everyone who is participating in this beta. Your feedback helps us improve. For everyone who hasn't been able to play as yet, we apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience and understanding. We are proud of what Rainbow Six Siege has to offer and we wish you the greatest experience possible."
The open beta gives gamers free access to three of the game's maps, along with several modes and 14 out of the game's 20 operators. The open beta ends on Sunday, November 29 and the full version of Rainbow Six: Siege will be released on December 1.
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If you're on the hunt for a Black Friday deal on an Xbox One, British retailer, GAME, has one it hopes will lure you to its midnight openings. For the limited 3-hour opening window you'll be able to grab a 500GB Xbox One with Fifa 16, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Goat Simulator and a 2-month NOW TV Movies pass. All this for £249.99.
The RRP on the console alone is £299 so you're saving a few hard earned pounds for sure on this package, perhaps a great gift for the kids this holiday season. Either way to take advantage it looks like you're going to have to go out tonight and pick it up. Or at least according to my local store, you will.
As an added bonus you can pick up Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, WWE 2K16 or Fallout 4 for the reduced price of £30 when bought with any console.