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Jason Andrews

Founder & Editor of ThisisXbox.com having previously written for other gaming sites since 2007. Ex-Microsoft Xbox MVP, Elite Member of the XCN, dedicated fan of all things Microsoft and Call of Duty! Can't start the day without a nice ice cold Diet Coke, a non-hippy type vegetarian who will do anything to get on a cruise holiday!!
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Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Collector’s Editions

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Activision and Sledgehammer Games have announced (like you never saw it coming) a few collector’s edition’s of their upcoming title – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The first next-gen Call of Duty game that thisisxbox hope refreshes the franchise and becomes as popular as the Modern Warfare series.

Available from November 4th, you can grab an Atlas Limited Edition, Digital Pro Edition, and Atlas Pro Edition of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, priced at $79.99, $99.99, and $119.99, respectively.

Each version comes with the Atlas Digital Content Pack, which features two new weapons — the Bal-27 AE Assault Rifle and Atlas 45 AE Pistol — as well as a unique Atlas exoskeleton, helmet, player card, and five bonus supply drops that unlock new in-game gear. Players will also be able to upgrade their exoskeleton in the campaign early with new powers and abilities via an extra upgrade token.

The collector’s edition’s will also include Atlas Gorge; a bonus multiplayer map that reimagines Pipeline, a fan favorite map from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. So, the recycling of maps still continues, but it’s great to see old places revived all over again…isn’t it?

The Digital Pro Edition and Atlas Pro Edition will also come with the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass, which unlocks access to all four upcoming DLC multiplayer map packs.

The Atlas Edition’s feature a unique steelbook case, the game’s official soundtrack, and the Atlas: Advanced Soldier manual — a collection of original concept art and historical and tactical information.

The multiplayer reveal for this years Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is happening on August 11th 2014 10amPDT. ThisisXbox will be on our way to Gamescom in Germany to get a taste of some hands-on action. Look out for views in the coming » Continue Reading.

Pinball FX2 On Xbox One Will Have Free Xbox 360 Table Transfers

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Zen Studio’s have issued the following press release today:

Microsoft and Zen Studios have taken your feedback to heart, and seeing that many of you were very upset with the news that table transfers between Xbox 360 and Xbox One would not be happening, we have some good news for you! We will be able to implement table transfers on Xbox One starting from Pinball FX2’s launch. Any available table on Xbox One that was previously purchased for Xbox 360 can be imported to the new version free of charge.

However, as this process will take a bit more development time for the game, Pinball FX2 version of Xbox One will see a slight delay from its original release date this week to next month. We apologize to any fans affected by this delay, but we pledge to make it up to you by incorporating this highly desired feature.

Once again, we cannot thank you enough for your support through this process, as well as Microsoft’s, who took your feedback very seriously and worked with us to implement this feature. And again, we do apologize for the delay while we create the Pinball FX2 experience that our fans both want and deserve. We’re excited to bring Pinball FX2 to Xbox One owners, to have their previous purchases honored and transferred, and we can’t wait to share with you what we’ve got coming in the future.

GTA V – Money Glitcher’s Getting Banned

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Although I have long left the days of Xbox 360 and GTA V behind until I will get my ass in gear and devote a decent playthrough on the upcoming Xbox One version – it has been reported that Rockstar Games are cracking down on money launderers in-game, otherwise known as those who have found exploits to cheat a few million dollars!

According to LatinTimes, several prominent GTA 5 YouTubers over the weekend have faced bans by showing various methods to obtain unlimited money in videos. As YouTube videos are often the viral source for money leaks and cheats, Rockstar Games has allegedly banned well-known GTA 5 YouTubers: LispyJimmy, Dynasty, Sernando, Sir Weed, and Glitch Master, for sharing the exploits.

Another popular Youtuber, DomisLive claims that Rockstar Games have undercover agents moderating the lobbies to catch cheaters in the act, but are not only banning IP addresses – your Xbox Live Account too!

Cheating and exploiting on Xbox Live is against the Xbox Code of Conduct and Terms of Use. If you have recently been looting your GTA wallet with mass amounts of cash… play safe and don’t be alarmed if you suddenly become unable to connect to Xbox LIVE!

Games With Gold For August Titles

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Major Nelson has announced the titles free this August as part of the Games with Gold sort-of-promo-thing. There are two new free games on both Xbox One and Xbox 360 – Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero will become free downloads on August 1st for Xbox One.

    

On Xbox 360, starting Friday, August 1st, Motocross Madness (normally US $9.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through August 15th. Then on August 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Dishonored (normally US $19.99) for free through August 31st.

    

Thanks Major Nelson

Halo 2: Anniversary – Cinematic Trailer

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Take a first look at the overhauled Halo 2: Anniversary cut-scenes in this trailer from Blur Studio. Included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection as part of Halo 2: Anniversary, the cut-scenes immerse fans into the critically acclaimed story and complement fully the re-mastered campaign gameplay.

In addition to Halo 2: Anniversary celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Halo: The Master Chief Collection also features Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. This is the definitive Halo experience, coming November 11, 2014.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Leaked Footage

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Although Halo fans were teased (slight understatement) during E3 this year with the news of Halo: The Master Chief Collection heading to Xbox One on November 11th; leaked footage previously unseen has made its way online from the San Diego Comic Con event. Hit play above to check out the video of some gameplay footage.

The Master Chief Collection will feature all the multiplayer content from each of the four games, including all previously released download-only maps. All campaign chapters are unlocked from the get-go, so fans can use the intuitive newly created interface to play any mission, any time, at any skill level. Multiplayer will also benefit from the Master Menu, as a variety of user-friendly, streamlined features – such as maps being broken into gameplay types – are being implemented.

We’re hoping to have a review of Halo: The Master Chief Collection closer to the release date, keep and eye out in the coming months for more news and footage.

Thanks VGLeaks

Xbox One Bundle Spotted With Forza 5 And Fifa 15 For 399 Euro’s

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Since Xbox One has been shipping without Kinect, it has enjoyed a boost in sales success albeit not on the same scale as Playstation 4. With the launch of Xbox One in range of different markets from September where the Playstation 4 is already available, could open up the chance of thinning down Sony’s success.

Whilst the Xbox One will launch across other parts of the world, for us here in Europe it appears Microsoft will distribute a kinect-less Xbox One with digital copies of Forza 5 and the upcoming Fifa 15. The french Microsoft Store has been advertising the bundle for 399 Euro’s recently.

This is going to be quite a nice package tempting Xbox 360 users to ditch their last-gen consoles in favour of switching over to the new shiny Xbox One. With a constant range of dashboard improvements since the launch of Xbox One last November 2013, the console is fast becoming more and more attractive for gamers.

Via GameBlog

Fenix Rage – Birdbone Islands Trailer For Xbox One

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Costa Rican indie developer Green Lava Studios is delighted to showcase the brand new “Birdbone Islands” trailer that shows off World Four of upcoming game Fenix Rage. Players will feel the antagonizing ice attacks of the game boss Oktarus, who makes dodging the dangers of every level a huge challenge. Investing in extra gamepad controllers is strongly recommended.

Described as a “ridiculously addictive, hardcore action-platformer” Fenix Rage tests players’ ability to run, jump, and dash their way through a maze of dangerous obstacles, across hundreds of lightning-paced levels, all in an effort to track down a shadowy villain. Loads of different enemies, slick retro-inspired music, and vivid level landscapes await gamers with the mettle to play.

Slated for release in fall 2014, Fenix Rage will be coming to Xbox One and other well known platforms.

UK Based Gaming Superfans – Do You Want To Be On A TV Show?

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Are you a superfan of Xbox, gaming, Call of Duty, Shooters, RPG’s, or even anything non-gaming related? Victory Television, a Sony company, are in production with a brand new gameshow called The Fanatic. The series has been described as “a fun new game show which celebrates the most passionate, most knowledgeable and most devoted fans in Britain, and gives them a chance to show off what they know!”

A poster was sent to thisisxbox, and if you’re reading this right now we would love you to apply!

If you do happen to get involved or apply by emailing Victoria Television, let thisisxbox know your progress if you consider yourself a Super Fan – you might win an amazing prize??

Xbox One Updated For 3D Blu-Ray, Expanded Friends And Auto-Downloads

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Here’s a shortlist of features rolling out next week to those with early access to the Xbox One system update:

    Activity feed updates: New ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed. The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. The ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and “like” specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates). Expanded Friends area on Home: Right from Home, see what’s going on with your friends. Stay up-to-date with their current activity, the top trending games your friends are playing, and a leaderboard to see who has been working the hardest on their Gamerscore. Xbox are doing an extended preview on this, rolling it into the early access preview this month to a subset of our preview audience so we can refine it until it’s ready for the entire Xbox One market. Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home – if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase. Low battery notification: You » Continue Reading.