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Game Description:

You are the only one who can stop demons flooding into the land of Thedas. A cataclysmic event plunges the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons darken the sky, casting a shadow of terror over a once-peaceful kingdom. Mages break into all-out war against the oppressive Templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you and your party of legendary heroes to restore order as you lead the Inquisition, hunting down the agents of chaos. Bonds will form – and some will break – as the campaign for truth takes its toll. BioWare’s latest action-adventure delivers an unparalleled story set in a vast, changeable landscape. Explore hidden caves, defeat truly monumental creatures, and shape the world around you based on your unique play style. Explore, lead, and battle: tough choices define your experience, and even one decision can change the course of what’s to come.

Download it here from Xbox Store.


Few months back, Microsoft announced the new Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty®:Advanced Warfare Bundle, it features a new look for the console and it looks amazing. This special edition bundle includes a massive 1TB hard drive and in-game sound effects and the console is emblazoned with Sentinel Task Force iconography. The wireless controller looks like an artifact from the powerful battlegrounds of the future.

Contents:

  • Custom Xbox One Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare console with 1 terabyte hard drive and sound effects
  • Custom Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Wireless Controller
  • Full game download of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • In game bonus content:
    • Unique exoskeleton
    • Advanced Arsenal which features an EM1 Quantum directed-energy weapon and a bullet brass exoskeleton
    • Digital Personalization Pack
  • One chat headset, HDMI cable, and power supply
  • Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare packaging

Features:

  • Pre-order today to get everything you’ll need to prevail in a new era of Call of Duty
  • Features a massive 1TB hard drive, custom console, controller, in-game sound effects, and exoskeleton
  • Personalization Pack and Advanced Arsenal with bullet brass exoskeleton and EM1 Quantum weapon
  • Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition with early access and double XP November 3

You can pre-order it here from Amazon and here from Microsoft Store. Even though it costs $449, the unique design of the console, the controller along with the 1TB internal HDD makes it worth it.

Get the inside track from the teams at Sledgehammer Games and Xbox on the in-game inspiration and design process on the most unique Call of Duty® bundle. This Xbox One console includes a massive 1TB hard drive that will make this an exciting collectible for Call of Duty and Xbox fans for years to come.

Halo Master Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection game will require a 15GB day-one patch to play multi-player sessions. This day-one patch is now available for download. You can download and keep it ready so that you can play the game on the launch day. Frank O’Conner, Franchise Development Director for the Halo series apologised on NeoGAF for the patch.

 “Do I understand the inconvenience and annoyance for some users? Of course. I’m not going to blow smoke or ignore it. For some folks it will be straight up annoying and I both apologize unreservedly for the irritance, and hope that the package and the way it works more than makes up for it.”

As for why the company couldn’t release the game on two discs, O’Connor said: “Anything is feasible, it simply wasn’t practical for this product, this year in this timeline. The Xbox One platform continues to improve and mature, arguably faster and more meaningfully than others and maybe next year two discs or some other method would have been the right approach, but this year it’s the option we have available that on balance, makes the most sense for this giant, ambitious project.”

The Halo: The Master Chief Collection  is a remastered compilation of its classic Halo games in a unified UI for Xbox One later this year. This will go on sale for $59.99 on Nov. 11. This collection will include Halo 1, Halo 2 in 1080p, Halo 3 and Halo 4, with 100 multiplayer maps running in high-definition 1080p video at 60 frames per second on dedicated servers. There are two bonus things that come with this package. You will get access to beta of Halo 5: Guardians which will be available to play in December and also access to Halo Nightfall Digital series access.

Pre-order it from Amazon  and Microsoft Store today.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – $59.99

You can order the Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without Kinect from Amazon for $349 and  Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without Kinect Microsoft Store for $349.

After making its debut on Microsoft’s various platforms this weekend, the rest of the Internet can now watch the new hour long documentary, Remaking the Legend: Halo 2 Anniversary, on the official Halo YouTube channel.

This is a must see for any fan of the Halo game franchise, or indeed anyone interested in game development. After spending the first part of the documentary talking about the making of both Halo 1 and 2 for the first Xbox at Bungie (with a couple of surprising revelations that we won’t spoil here), the rest of the documentary concentrates on the making of the Halo 2 Anniversary graphical revamp that will be included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One on November 11.

You will be able to check out how the Halo 2 campaign was revamped by developer Saber Interactive and how the multiplayer maps were given a new shine by developer Certain Affinity. Finally you can learn about how the game’s cut scenes were recreated with some incredible CGI by Blur Studio.

We’ll be previewing more campaign missions from Halo: The Master Chief Collection via Twitch this Thursday and Friday at 8pm Central (9pm Pacific, 6pm Eastern) on Twitch.tv/EastXTwitch. Hope to see you there!

In the meantime, does this documentary make you want to pre-order Halo: The Master Chief Collection?

Source: Halo (YouTube)

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We have heard vague rumours about a new OneDrive Music Locker but Michael Gillett at Piptell has found the source of the rumours in black and white in the resource files on the OneDrive website.

The text in the files confirm earlier rumours such as:

The regions which will have access:

‘LockerInSelectRegions': ‘* Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France,  Germany,  Ireland,  Italy,  Mexico, Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Norway,  Portugal,  Spain,  Sweden,  Switzerland,  United Kingdom,  United States’,

The nature of the service:

‘LockerWelcomePageHeader': ‘Play the music you already own on all your Windows and Xbox devices’,

‘LockerLandingPagePanelDescription2′: ‘Listen to the music you store in OneDrive using Xbox Music on the web or on your mobile device.’,

‘LockerLandingPagePanelTitle1′: ‘One place for all your music’,
‘LockerLandingPageTitle': ‘Take your music with you wherever you go.’,

‘LockerWelcomePageMessage': ‘All the songs in your OneDrive Music folder are automatically added to your Xbox Music Library. You can play them from your Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 PC or tablet, Xbox, or on the web.’,

The 20 GB free for new users:

‘LockerLandingPagePanelDescription1′: ‘Easily store your music with OneDrive and access it wherever you go. Plus, get an extra 20 GB as soon as you upload your music.’,

The formats supported are MP3, M4A (AAC) and WMA formats:

‘YouCanAddMusicFiles': ‘You can add music files in MP3, M4A (AAC) and WMA formats. WMA files can be played on your Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 PC or tablet or Xbox.’,

Users will be able download their music from OndeDrive but not share it.

‘YouCanDownloadLockerMusicFilesFrom': ‘Yes. You can download OneDrive music files from your Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 PC or tablet.’,
‘ShareLockerNotEnabled': ‘Sharing of OneDrive content is not available’,

Users can use the service without subscribing to an Xbox Music pass:

‘YouDontNeedAMusicPassToPlayYourMusicFromLocker': ‘No. You don’t need a music pass subscription to play your music from OneDrive, it’s free!’,

All music on OneDrive will be available to stream:

‘LockerDisclaimer': ‘All the music you upload to OneDrive automatically appears in your collection and can be streamed from all your Xbox Music devices.’,

There will be a specific locker app, designed to help users upload their music:

‘GetTheLockerApp': ‘Get the OneDrive app’,
‘TheEasiestWayToUploadIsWithLockerApp': ‘The easiest way to upload is with the {0}OneDrive app{1}.’,
‘TheEasiestWayToUploadIsWithLockerJustAddToMusicFolder':

The only thing which the website does not answer is when the service will arrive, but it seems nearly everything is in place already suggesting it will be pretty soon.

Previously we heard that Microsoft would be cutting Xbox prices as part of a Black Friday/Thanksgiving promotion, now these markdowns are already live; with Xbox One bundles starting as cheap as $349 (without the Kinect).

Check out the offers on Amazon at the link below:

 

Xbox One Bundles

Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle

Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle

Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle

 

 

Assassin’s Creed Bundles and Sunset overdrive are both going for $349, while the Call of Duty bundle is selling for $449 (due to the larger internal storage). Anyone planning on grabbing one?

Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One Review

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Sunset Overdrive visually pops, like the Easter Bunny on an acid trip. Its bright colors, punk-rock attitude, and nose turned up in the direction of authority all meld together wonderfully.

This distinct style transcends aesthetics, and actually aids in Sunset’s most successful and often-used mechanics. Like most any open-world game, the mission structure here has you talking to a character at point A, making your way across the map to point B, and engaging in some activity that usually results in being sent to collect a reward at point C. While that structure might sound monotonous, Sunset makes the very act of traversal a constant joy instead of an obligatory trudge. I rarely found myself using the fast travel system, because this is a game that’s about the journey as much as the destination.
Narrative conceit be damned, your hero or heroine can, using nothing but their own two feet, bounce off anything remotely buoyant, dash through the air, and grind on all manners of power lines, billboards, and anything that presents a right angle. In fact all of this is encouraged thanks to a punitively slow regular ground running speed, the rewards of a smart combo system, and an ridiculous abundance of monsters, soldiers, and robots. Seriously, if you find yourself on the ground for more than 10 seconds, deprived of your godly mobility, chances are you’re going to end up dead shortly after that. But Sunset wisely avoids harsh punishments with quick respawns with amusing animations that lovingly pay homage – in clever ways – to dozens of classic works, from Portal to Terminator to Night of the Living Dead.


As long as you keep moving and refrain from lingering on the ground, Sunset’s combat proves to be deep, entertaining, and rewarding. I loved fighting enemies like the giant Hurkers, as each encounter felt like a mini-boss fight in and of itself. There’s a great sense of tension in trying to stay moving while maintaining the high ground. And thanks to Sunset’s deep and varied arsenal, I found myself creating some really interesting combos: I’d start off by peppering the area with freeze bombs, which bought me enough time to lay down a field of Acid Sprinklers, and finish it all off with a cascade of exploding teddy bears.
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While all of that looks and feels awesome in motion, it definitely isn’t easy. The controls in Sunset aren’t simple: by the time you gain a full suite of weapons and traversal abilities, your hands will be getting a serious workout trying to manage them all. But while it certainly felt cumbersome initially, leading to a stretch of hours where my fingers always felt just a fraction of a second behind where my mind was, I eventually acclimated to the complex system and even grew to appreciate it.


For sure, by the end of the campaign, I still found myself having to work to navigate this hand-eye-coordination spaghetti bowl when I had to grind on a wire, kill a horde of monsters below me, hop off, switch weapons and kill an airborne bat-thingy, and air dash towards the nearest bounding so I could wall-ride around its outside. But while it might be a bit complicated, the result of mastering the system and eventually being able to make it across the entirety of the city without ever setting foot on the pavement is wildly satisfying.
That prior example of insanity is just one of hundreds that I remember fondly. I love telling other people my stories about my time in Sunset Overdrive, because they seem to be just that: my stories. If I wanted to put on a wolf mask and fire off explosive teddy bears at a group of robots, I could do just that. Sunset treats its open world as a canvas for you to express yourself aesthetically, through movement, and of course, through combat.
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It also felt personalized by the fact that weapons and abilities are upgraded based on how often you use them. The more I bounced across the city, the more opportunities I had to add an explosion to my jumps. Everytime I killed a robot with an Acid Sprinkler, I inched closer to upgrading both my weapon, as well as my skills against robots. Not only does it reward your playstyle, but it also encouraged me to experiment with other weapons in order to see how they’d evolve over time.
Combat reaches new levels of insanity when you hop into Chaos Squad, Sunset Overdrive’s eight-player cooperative multiplayer missions. These unfold as wave-based siege defenses where you’re given a brief amount of time to lay traps and coordinate with your buddies before all hell breaks loose. The ensuing spectacle of blood, guts, lightning, ice, lasers, and giant fireworks is insanity of the highest caliber. But while Chaos Squad is a neat diversion, it didn’t grab me quite as tightly as the single-player campaign managed to.
Weaving in and out of this self-expression is also one of most consistently funny scripts in recent memory. From pop culture deep cuts to fourth-wall-breaking remarks about the nature of video games, I found myself genuinely laughing at Sunset Overdrive throughout the entire campaign. The voice work is great, the supporting cast is varied and interesting (spend 30 seconds with the robot dog and it’s tough not to fall in love), and I found myself weirdly obsessed with uncovering the events that led to this apocalypse.

Sunset Overdrive is big, gorgeous, and a hell of a lot of fun. Never has getting from point A to point B in an open-world game provided so much enjoyment. It provides some of the most fun, frantic, and fantastic gaming I’ve had on the Xbox One. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to once-again adorn my wolf mask, leap off the highest ledge I can find, and fire an explosive stuffed animal at that group of angry robots.

Microsoft has been regular with its Xbox One updates, rolling out improvements and new features on a monthly basis. We now know what to look forward to in November.

You’ll finally be able to change the standard black background to something a bit more personal. To start with, you’ll be able to choose another color or art from one of your achievements (yes, you can only use one that you’ve unlocked).

Your profile will also start looking a bit more like it did on the Xbox 360. It will also feature a new showcase area to which you can pin your favorite achievements, clips, and more.

You’ll also be able to tweet your saved clips directly from the dashboard using the share button in the menu. Twitter is also coming to television. You’ll be able to see which live programs are trending in your Twitter timeline.

Trending programs (separate from Twitter) are rolling out today to preview members. This appears as a separate tab in the One Guide. It will show the 20 most popular shows, updated every minute. There are other TV improvements coming, including recents and favorites.

SmartGlass is getting some new social features and store improvements, including the ability to see your friends’ gaming activity and Xbox Live Games with Gold. Internet Explorer will be eligible for Snap from the address bar in the November update, too.

For the full list of changes, you can read up on Xbox Wire.

[Source: Xbox Wire]