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April’s Games with Gold Includes the Original Battlefront 2, Technomancer, and More

With a new month comes a new rotation of free games for active Xbox Live subscribers. Microsoft recently revealed their lineup for April’s Games with Gold, featuring a collection of free Xbox One titles and backward compatible extras that some players might want to pick up, available via Xbox Live Gold for a limited time only.

Most of this month’s collection seems to carry an extraterrestrial theme, as these games revolve around space-faring adventurers, featuring an old favorite from Microsoft’s debut system. For Xbox One owners, April’s highlights kick off tomorrow with Focus Home Interactive’s 2016 title
The Technomancer, where you play as an on-the-run vagabond mage-warrior, feared and respected by all on Mars. It will be free to download from April 1 to April 30.

On April 16, Bigben Interactive’s
Outcast: Second Contact will be available for free up until May 15. This game is a complete remake of the cult classic original Outcast from 1999 on PC, developed once again by Belgian studio Appeal. This will replace Electronic Arts’ Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 from the March Games with Gold rotation.

For Xbox 360 owners, as well as Xbox One via backward compatibility,
Star Wars: Battlefront II (no, not EA’s) from the original Xbox is free to own for Xbox Live Gold members starting tomorrow. The game, developed by the since-EA-shuttered Pandemic Games, comes with improved graphics via Xbox One X enhancements. This will be followed by Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, available until April 31.

Are you subscribed to Xbox Live Gold? Which of these games for April’s Games with Gold are you fancying downloading? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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December’s Xbox Live Games for Gold Includes Sleeping Dogs, Outlast, and More

For those of you who have Xbox Live and want to know which free games you’ll be able to play in December, Microsoft has got you covered. Sleeping Dogs and Outlast will be available on Xbox One, while Outland and Burnout Paradise will be on Xbox 360. Only Sleeping Dogs will be available for the entire month. Outlast will be available from December 15th to January 15th, while Outland will be available from December 1st through the 15th, and you’ll be able to grab Burnout Paradise from December 16th through the 31st.

What do you guys think? Are you excited to play these games? Let us know in the comments below!

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Microsoft’s Black Friday Sale Includes Over 250 Game Deals and Huge Discounts on Gold Memberships

A few days ago, on November 18th, Microsoft kicked off its Black Friday sale for this year, with several dozen special deals available on the Xbox Store for games on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

These discounts are only the beginning of this year’s sale, however. On November 25th—the official day of Black Friday in the United States—Microsoft launches its full sale, with over 250 different games at discounts ranging from 40% to 60% off. On top of that, Microsoft will be offering a huge discount on Xbox Live Gold Memberships: if you purchase a subscription in the next few days, your first month of Xbox Live Gold will cost only $1, instead of the usual price of $9.99.

The sale has been going on since November 18th and will continue until next Monday, November 28th. The 250 game deals are all available on the Xbox Store, the online store for all Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. Microsoft still hasn’t released a full list of the games that will be sold at a discount on Friday, as many of them are meant to be a surprise. However, the company did release a promotional trailer for this year’s Black Friday sale, which reveals that Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Overwatch, and a few other titles will all take part in the sale. You can watch the new Black Friday trailer above.

What do you think? Are you planning to buy a few games during this year’s sale? Will you take advantage of the 90% discount on Xbox Live Gold Memberships? Sound off in the comments below!

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November’s Xbox Games for Gold Includes Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Murdered: Soul Suspect, and More

With every new month, a new set of free games is released for the proud owners of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. The month of November should definitely scratch a few itches as the list of free games is quite diverse. The two Xbox One games available will be Super Dungeon Bros., an isometric brawler, and Murdered: Soul Suspect, a ghostly adventure game. The free Xbox 360 games will be the point-and-click classic The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and the epic shooter Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Super Dungeon Bros. will be available throughout the month of November, while Murdered: Soul Suspect can be downloaded from November 16th to December 15th. The Secret of Monkey Island will only be available from November 1st to the 15th while Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon can be picked up from the 16th to the 30th.

As always, if you do not have Xbox Live Gold, you can still purchase and play The Secret of Monkey Island and Blood Dragon on Xbox One backwards compatibility now.

Are you excited to play any of these games? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Xbox Wire

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Xbox’s October Games With Gold Lineup Includes I Am Alive, The Escapists, and More

Microsoft’s Games With Gold comes in strong again with four new titles available for free to those with an Xbox Live Gold subscription. This month’s lineup features Team17’s The Escapists and Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings, available exclusively for the Xbox One, as well as I Am Alive and MX vs ATV Reflex for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Available all of October, Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings is a baseball simulator with a quirky look. The Escapists, available from October 16th to the 31st, is a strategy game focused on escaping from prison. From October 1st to the 15th, players can grab the off-road racer MX vs ATV Reflex, wherein the track changes as you make laps and the “Rider Reflex” system allows greater control over your rider and vehicle. Finally, explore the wasteland and search for your family in I Am Alive from October 16th to the 31st.

Are you excited for any of the games on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Xbox Wire

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Halo 5 Will be Free to Play from June 29th to July 5th for Xbox Live Gold Members

On June 29th, Halo 5: Guardians will receive its latest batch of free downloadable content, Warzone Firefight. This will include a new game mode, new maps, new items, and much more. To celebrate this new release of content, Microsoft is making the full game free to play for Xbox Live Gold members from June 29th to July 5th. During this time, the game will also be 50% off to purchase for those who wish to keep playing past the deadline that still don’t own the game.

So if you’re an Xbox Live Gold member and are still thinking about purchasing Halo 5: Guardians, now is the perfect time to try the game out!

What do you guys think about this? Do you like that Microsoft is giving players the chance to play entire games for free, even if it’s for a limited amount of time? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Xbox Wire

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Microsoft is Increasing the Price of Xbox Live Gold in 6 Countries

Microsoft recently announced that pricing for its Xbox Live Gold membership is Increasing in a total of six countries: Austria, Hungary, Israel, South Africa, Sweden, and Turkey. According to Microsoft, the change is being brought about in an effort to more closely reconcile the prices with that of the United States.

A Microsoft representative had this to say about the increases:

“We occasionally update pricing in a given market to provide a balance of service and value, and in some instances, meet currency fluctuations within the region, and will be adjusting the price of Xbox Live Gold subscription in a small number of markets on June 20, 2016. We do so always keeping in mind that our goal is to offer our members the premium gaming and entertainment service at a fair price.” — Microsoft

Currently, South African gamers are paying around R50 ($3.25) a month, though under the price increase, this will rise to R159 ($10.33). The price for the other territories are as of yet unknown, but presumably they will change to become more in line with prices here in the States. Microsoft also vaguely commented on Austrian pricing, saying that “the new price in Austria aligns with other European markets.”

Source: Game Informer

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You Can Get Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, and Tons More up to 85% off on Xbox Live

A new Xbox Live Gold deal offers quite a few game discounts for Xbox One and Xbox 360. A lot of games for Xbox One are offered, including Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut, and ScreamRide. Some Xbox 360 games are also offered, including Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6, Metro 2033, and Freefall Racers.

Interested? Check the source link to get more info! The deal only lasts until Monday, so be hasty!

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NBA 2K16 is Free this Weekend for Xbox One Gold Members

NBA 2K16 will be free this weekend for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One. In celebration of the underway season, the game will be free for download starting at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on November 20th, until 11:59 PM Pacific Time on November 22nd. All features will be available, including MyCAREER mode and 2K Pro-Am mode, the fully customizable online portion of the game new to this year’s edition. In addition to this, the game will be on sale all of next week for players who want to purchase NBA 2K16 after trying it out.

Source: Xbox Wire

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This Month’s Games With Gold Library Includes Thief and Just Cause 2

It’s the end of the month, which means one important thing for Xbox Live Gold members—the official announcement of next month’s Games With Gold selection! For Xbox 360, Just Cause 2 will be available between June 1 and June 15. This will be followed up by Thief, which can be obtained throughout the latter half of the month. For Xbox One, Microsoft is keeping with tradition and retaining a current title for the duration of the month. Pool Nation FX will remain free throughout the month, while Double Fine’s Massive Chalice, which also releases on June 1, joins the lineup as well!

Do you like the new lineup? What would you like to see in future Games With Gold selections?

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XBL’s Games with Gold Program Features Double the Titles This April

Prepare yourselves! Games with Gold is doubling its awesomeness with six free games for the month of April instead of just three. Those of you with Xbox Live Gold can expect to have twice the amount of fun in just a couple days’ time.

While
Child of Light and Pool Nation FX will be available all month long for Xbox One, the other four titles will be released two at a time during the first and second halves of the month. From April 1st-15th you can download Gears of War: Judgement and Terraria for Xbox 360. Then, April 16th-30th will yield Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel—also for Xbox 360. Which of these games are you most excited to download for free? Tell us about it in the comments!

Source: Gameinformer

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Windows 10 Won’t Require Xbox Live Gold for Online Multiplayer

Back in January, we learned that Windows 10 would be designed to use many features that are already available on the Xbox One, including Xbox Live. However, it seems that PC users will not have to pay extra for these features.

According to a recent tweet from Larry Hryb, the head of Xbox Live, Microsoft will not be charging Windows 10 users for Xbox Live features; he stated that Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will not be required for online multiplayer gaming on Windows 10 PCs and phones.

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Microsoft Gives One Month of Xbox Live Membership to Master Chief Collection Players

Last month, 343 Industries promised that users who played Halo: The Master Chief Collection would be receiving some bonuses as an apology for the game’s buggy launch. Anyone who played the title on or before December 19 should have received a message stating that a month of Xbox Live Gold had been added to your account. This credit has since been applied to the affected accounts and requires no effort on your part to claim. Happy gaming!

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Halo 3 Free For Xbox Gold Members

In a move to thank everyone who has an Xbox Live Gold membership, Microsoft is giving away two free games a month for the rest of the year. One game will be available from the 1-15th of each month, and the second game will be available from the 16th to the end of the month. And the games being given away aren’t just unknown titles that Microsoft wasn’t able to move off the shelves, either.

Right now, you can sign onto Xbox Live as a Gold Member and download Might & Magic Clash of Heroes. This game combines RPG and puzzle gameplay and allows for up to four players to play together on a local network or online. Later this month, Halo 3 will be available starting October 16. Released in 2007, the game pulled in $170 million in the first 24 hours of it’s release.

In addition to that, the Halo franchise has gained worldwide acclaim since the release of the first game in 2001. This giveaway for the last couple of weeks of October could be to promote the release of the Game of the Year edition of Halo 4. Microsoft recently released a trailer for this game and it comes out next week.

This could promote some great publicity to not only the Halo franchise, but also to promote both the X Box 360 and the upcoming Xbox One.

Maybe Microsoft could set a standard that other companies could follow. Imagine if one month out of the year Nintendo released a classic game for free, like Super Mario Bros. or The Legend of Zelda, or even a game from the Nintendo 64 or GameCube generation. Sony could also follow suit with their franchises.

This isn’t the first time companies have released games for free to thank their fan base. When the Nintendo 3DS experienced its price cut in 2011, gamers who already purchased the system were rewarded with ten free Game Boy Advance games and ten free NES games.

Will you be downloading your free copy of Halo 3 later this month, or checking back to see what other games Microsoft will be releasing up through the end of the year? Let us know in the comments!

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Bethesda “Pushing” for Elder Scrolls Online Not to Require Xbox Live Gold

Yesterday, we reported on Bethesda’s choice to make The Elder Scrolls Online a subscription-based MMORPG rather than following the ever-growing trend of online games going free-to-play. Yes, Elder Scrolls Online is sticking to the monthly fee system—in this case, a fee of $15—which stood as the standard among MMOs until the past few years. However, Elder Scrolls Online is also a console MMORPG, and as we all know, both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One will require players to already be paying a monthly fee in order to play their games online at all. So that means, in order to play Elder Scrolls Online on your home console, you’ll be paying an extra few bucks for an Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus subscription on top of the $15 dollars required monthly of ESO players.

Especially for anyone whose only online gaming plans revolve around Elder Scrolls Online, that’s a pretty hefty fine to play one game, and it’s certain to cause more than a few complaints. Fortunately, it turns out that Bethesda is actually pushing for Microsoft to remove the requirement of an Xbox Live Gold subscription for play of ESO. Here’s what Bethesda marketing boss Pete Hines had to say on the issue:

“…We have been in talks with Microsoft about that very thing, and seeing whether or not there’s any room to change their minds about that, for folks who are only playing The Elder Scrolls Online and don’t want to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription, just to pay for the Elder Scrolls Online. The answer right now is that’s the way it works, but it’s something that we’re aware of and we keep pushing on, to see if there’s something that can be done. We’ll let you know if there’s movement there.” — Peter Hines

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