Games With Gold – February Will Be Dead Island and Toy Soldiers 2

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Though later then usual, Xbox has finally announced what two games will make up the February offerings in the Games with Gold Promotion, Dead Island and the XBLA title Toy Soldiers 2.

February’s set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in will be Dead Island and Toy Soldiers: Cold War.

  

Starting Saturday (February 1st) Dead Island will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through February 15th . Then on February 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Toy Soldiers: Cold War  for free.

Xbox One Launch Title LocoCycle Hitting Xbox 360 On Valentines Day

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It’s no secret that we didn’t really take to Twisted Pixel’s rather strange digital download by the name of LocoCycle, but that’s not to say we didn’t dislike everything about it! What felt like a basic offering better suited to the Xbox 360 is actually heading for the Xbox LIVE Arcade on Xbox 360 next month – February 14th (Valentines Day).

In a statement posted on Twisted Pixel Games website today:

We finally have a release date for the Xbox 360 version: Valentine’s Day! On Feb 14th you’ll be able to choo-choo-choose I.R.I.S. and Pablo to be your valentine for $10.

The developers are also releasing a Steam version and giving away a very specially designed custom Xbox 360 console to celebrate the multiplatform release of LocoCycle. You can enter to win and find out more information via this direct link.

Razer Confirms Microsoft Partnership for Xbox One Accessories

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Razer, who are best known for making a range of console and PC accessories amongst other gaming gear, has today announced its ongoing partnership with Microsoft will include development of new products for the Xbox One console.

A suite of products for the Xbox One, including a controller, arcade stick and more, will be made by Razer, which also produced a popular line of premium accessories for the Xbox 360.

“Razer is dedicated to improving the overall experience from the games themselves to the player, be it console or PC,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “By working with a company as prestigious as Microsoft on a system as sought-after as the Xbox One, we’ll be able to accomplish just that. This is an exciting time for the hundreds of millions of gamers all over the world, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

Products, pricing and release dates will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

YAIBA:Ninja Gaiden Z Special Edition Announced

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It has been announcedtoday that a Special Edition of YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z will be available at launch in limited supply for fans that purchase the retail game for either the Xbox 360 when it launches on 21stMarch.

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The Special Edition of YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z will include an exclusive full colour comic book by Dark Horse Comics, exclusive Yaiba themed DLC costumes for both Ryu Hayabusa and Momiji for use in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate and an original soundtrack for Xbox 360 which is included on physical disc.

I got to play the demo of this at last September’s Eurogamer Expo, and really loved it. The demo was a very early alpha build but the combat was fluid and smoothed and cell shaded style and animation really suited the game and story.

 

HALO: Spartan Assault Finally Lands on Xbox 360 Tomorrow

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HALO: Spartan Assault will finally complete its trilogy of Microsoft platforms by being released on XBox 360 tomorrow. Enlist as a Spartan soldier and sharpen your tactical skills in battle!

Set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, Halo: Spartan Assault, developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games, is a new chapter within the award-winning Halo universe. Spanning over 30 missions in vibrant, dangerous worlds, dive deeper into the backstory of Human-Covenant wars and the origins of the Spartan Ops program.

Like the Xbox One version, on Xbox 360 the game will have the new online Co-op mode, and watch each other’s backs with all-new Co-op missions. Engage in Operation Hydra, the expansion from the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 game that brings mystery and a chilling addition to the single player Campaign. Wage war against a persistent and overwhelming enemy — encounter the Flood for the first time in Halo: Spartan Assault

Go in strong with an expanded arsenal that brings you more weapons, more armor abilities, and more upgrades — it’s the ultimate Spartan Assault experience!

 

Xbox One – More Release Rumours – HALO 2 Anniversary Exclusive?

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Plenty of Xbox One rumours floating around the internet and social media today. We have already seen the rumours of a possible Limited Edition White Xbox One, the model given to the Microsoft Team who worked on the One through development. And now another “Xbox Insider” has taken to NeoGAF to share these rumours:

  • Forza Horizon: “Fall 2014, probably September. Super sexy weather system and lots of social stuff. 1080P and open-world
  • Halo Anniversary 2
  • Quantum Break is Holiday 2014
  • Multiplayer confirmed for HA2, same devs as Halo Anniversary.
  • Sunset Overdrive is Fall 2014
  • Black Tusk cancelled project was called “Shangheist.
  • Fable Legends is Summer 2015
  • Halo 2 Anniversary includes beta for Halo 5
  • Gears of War will probably need a 2.5 year dev time.
  • First Titanfall DLC is 45 days from release, then another one 120 days from release.
  • No Crackdown 3 news this year most likely, since it’s a 2016 title.

HALO 2 Aninversary on Xbox One with a HALO 5 beta is similar to how HALO 3 ODST was shipped with a beta for HALO Reach MP. Rumours also suggest that HALO 3 and 4 will be ported across to the Xbox One, but currently no rumours at all for HALO 2 Anniversary to have an Xbox 360 release.

It must be said, none of this has been confirmed or denied officially by Microsoft or any one via Xbox so please take with a pinch of salt, and Microsoft rarely respond to any rumours at all until they are ready to make their announcements.

Rumour Has It A 1TB White Xbox One Available Fall 2014

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Remember that sexy looking glossy white Xbox One console that was gifted to Microsoft Employees only last year leading up to the launch of the retail SKU Xbox One? Rumours on two other leading websites, NeoGaf and The verge according to their sources, claim that a white Xbox One console will be available in stores later this year!

Interestingly since the current Xbox One has a 500GB HDD, and with games and updates (as well as DLC content) being exceptionally resource heavy a newer console with a much larger HDD is very much needed and likely to be an “obvious” assumption later down the timeline for Xbox One. The HDD is non removable, so a fix or HDD add-on is required for almost every Day One and current retail Xbox One console which couldn’t really hold more than 12 retail games if they averaged 30-40GB each!

Both sites have revealed that a disc-free Xbox One console is in the works with a bluetooth adapter as well as a major dashboard update for the Xbox One to address many issues.

Should Microsoft release any official information, we’ll keep you posted.

Via NeoGAF and The Verge