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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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Destiny Review

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With much anticipation and hype, Destiny from Bungie has finally been released after an agonising wait since the Beta came to an end just a few months ago. As one of the most expensive games ever made (if we are to believe the rumours of $500Million spent on development and marketing) coupled with the title of the most pre-ordered game in history – does it really live up to the hype and exceed expectations formed from the success of the Beta?

Whilst Destiny is a promising first entry into a story that will eventually span a whole decade, it doesn’t feel completely original because the lingering history of Halo still lives on. Maybe it was hard for Bungie to let go since the first similarity between the two titles is the noticeable companion of a Ghost in Destiny that resembles Guilty Spark in Halo. The two are very similar in their technical purpose of how they interact with certain in-game objects with both other comparisons easily made between rifle weapons, pulse weapons, enemies and level design.  Halo’s Grunts with their all-in guns blazing approach could easily be identified as the annoying flying robots who scour the nearby areas for your ass! Maybe for other console players Destiny is a whole new experience, but for Xbox fans – it’s a case of having been there and done it all before (cough cough Halo: ODST / REACH) only now it is part MMO-esque.

Destiny comes across as dripping in a Halo Reach firefight skin, but with far larger environments and an online persistent world with seamless drop-in, drop-out PvP multiplayer. Halo from Bungie was a world class master piece with Destiny coming across like that older brother who isn’t quite as popular with the ladies. Destiny is bland in many » Continue Reading.

CastleStorm: Definitive Edition This Week On Xbox One

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Zen Studios have recently announced that CastleStorm: Definitive Edition, will be available to download on Xbox One from September 24th 2014. The new version of the tower-defence game brings some great new features not previously on Xbox 360, as well as both DLC packs From Outcast to Savior, and Warrior Queen. In addition to the DLC content, the title has been spruced up to 1080p resolution with improved textures, character models, and voice support if using Kinect.

If you haven’t yet played CastleStorm, then you are in for a real treat! CastleStorm: Definitive Edition serves up a hilarious mix of medieval warfare, 2D physics-based destruction, and tower defense, with some melee brawler action thrown in! It also features a story-driven solo campaign, a custom castle editor, online multiplayer, co-op modes, and more. This version of the game will feature the entire original campaign and expansions, plus a bunch of new content including new battles, modes, spells and features, all running 1080p at 60 frames per second.

CastleStorm: Definitive Edition launches on September 24th for $9.99/€9,99/£7.99 on the Xbox One Marketplace

LeapTrade – The Trading Community For Gamers

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LeapTrade is the new way to trade games with other gamer’s in the US. If you’ve never heard of them before, at Leaptrade you can trade in the games you’re done with and get games that are new to you, all for only the cost of shipping. You can request to get games from Leaptrade.com and even Trade-In to earn credit to be used towards other games! The idea is to Play More. Pay Less.

LeapTrade are not like other video game retailers and their goal is to save you money so you can play more games. They also offer all kinds of other benefits that you wouldn’t find anywhere else and the ability to trade retro titles from Master System, SNES, PS1, and even the good old SEGA Dreamcast!

LeapTrade is a trading community created by the individual contributions of all and they take great pride in the honesty and fairness of their users, but that being said, sometimes trades can go wrong and users never have to worry about losing out because of their solid Trade Guarantee Policy. This means that if you don’t receive the game you were promised or the game is broken, they will refund you the full credit value of the trade for peace of mind.

Thanks to LeapTrade for the recent competition in which lucky winners received Forza Horizon 2 and LeapTrade credit accounts.

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[Updated - FIXED] Xbox Preview Participants – Factory Reset Warning

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Xbox One Preview Testers, please take note that the latest and most recent dash download has a glitch that will factory reset your console and remove all of your games from the HDD. This bastard of an issue will have you seething with gritted teeth!

Microsoft has said in an official statement:

Due to an unforeseen issue with our update system, if when powering on your Xbox One console you are asked to download a system update, please decline it. By declining the update you will go off-line and not be factory reset. Please leave your console powered on until further notice.

We’ve identified an issue that could cause a small sub-set of consoles enrolled in Public Preview to factory reset after downloading the latest system update (deleting all local hard drive content). Note that a factory reset does not impact profile settings or game saves (which are synced to our servers when you connect to Xbox Live), or content stored on an external hard drive. For now, please decline the system update until we can address this issue on our end.

Please remember that declining the update will disconnect your Xbox One from Xbox LIVE and will not be able to play online. We do not yet know when a fixed update will be released, but I am sure MS will not hold back long!

Source: WPCentral

Battlefield Hardline: Hotwire Multiplayer Gameplay

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Whether you’re the cops or the criminals, the goal in Battlefield Hardline’s Hotwire mode is to get to the marked cars and drive fast. This is high speed chases like you’ve never seen before on the streets of Battlefield.

Driving a marked car causes you to begin to bleed the enemy team’s tickets – so make sure you hang onto the ride and continue to drive. You’re not going to score points or bleed tickets if you’re not driving. Drive fast to fill the capture bar – now you’re helping!

Each Hotwire map has a couple of key locations that you need to learn and stake out if you want to bring down your enemies. Park your squad car across the lanes, maybe rig it with breaching charges or trip mines – and funnel the enemies into your line of fire! That will teach ‘em to come onto your turf!

Check out the trailer above for gameplay

Watch The Prologue Of Hellraid

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Earlier this week on September 16th, a live stream of the upcoming hack’n’slash title Hellraid was broadcast by Techland. Everyone who tuned in to Techland’s Twitch channel had a chance to see the game for the first time after its transition to Chrome Engine 6 – a proprietary next-gen engine known for fuelling Techland’s much anticipated Dying Light. The stream has been recorded and can now be watched above if you hit the play button!

In April, Techland announced that Hellraid would come to next-gen platforms and was now undergoing a transition to Chrome Engine 6, the latest version of Techland’s technology designed to take full advantage of the new hardware generation. In August, the effect of this profound change was presented to invited journalists at gamescom in Cologne, Germany. Now everyone can see how these months of hard work have changed Hellraid.

Hellraid is coming to PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One in 2015. A Steam Early Access for PC is planned for fall 2014.

Team17’s LA Cops – 70’s Themed Shooter Coming Soon

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Team17 have announced their partnership this morning with developers’ Modern Dream. Together they are taking 70s cop themed top down shooter, LA Cops, to the max with a release on console and PC.

LA Cops is a rad action game with a tactical aspect that sees you cleaning up the mean streets of 70s LA one action packed shootout at a time! Can you dig it? LA Cops is currently available in Steam Early Access for just £8.99 and will be coming soon to console and PC as a full release.

The video below is PC early access footage and will resemble the console version (probably) in many ways. 3d cell shaded graphics ahoy, but since the footage below the developers have added in permanence to the vanishing blood and bodies – they’re now here to stay!

If we managed to grab a review code – we’ll keep you posted.

Alien: Isolation’s Survivor Mode Six Month DLC Support

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SEGA have announced Alien: Isolation’s Survivor Mode, complete with a supporting series of five challenging add-on packs that will be available to purchase from October 28th 2014, individually or through the Alien: Isolation Season Pass.

Survivor Mode is said to challenge players to participate in a one-to-one confrontation with the universe’s deadliest killer, deep within the bowels of Sevastopol Station. With limited resources on each map and a hunter on the loose, players will need to take advantage of every item they find to help them complete a unique set of objectives which will ultimately lead to their escape.

Alien: Isolation will ship with a Survivor Mode demo featuring one playable map, ‘Basement’. On October 28th, the first of the five Survivor Mode add-on packs will be available for purchase featuring three new maps, each with their own set objective and challenges, a new playable character and a variety of enemy types between you and your escape. Over the following months, four more add-on packs will release, each featuring a new playable character, and a mix of new maps and game modes to challenge even the most proficient player.

Also available to purchase from launch will be the Alien: Isolation Season Pass, offering access to all five Survivor Mode add-on packs, at up to a 25% discount. All add-on content packs are scheduled to be released by March 2015.

Alien: Isolation will be available from October 7th, 2014 and all this content just sounds like a money making load of old bullshit. So, we’ll forgive you for not getting over excited at a game mode on a game you’re yet to play!

First Assassin’s Creed Unity Coop Gameplay Trailer

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Check out the first Assassin’s Creed Unity Coop Gameplay trailer. Assassins fight side by side against terror and chaos. Even when the enemies are strong and you feel outnumbered, your brothers will always have your back.

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released on November 11th in the US and on November 13th in Europe. The two extra weeks delay on the release was to help ensure that the quality of the game meets fans’ – and the team’s – lofty expectations.

Look out for our review in the coming weeks.

Grand Theft Auto V Dated For Xbox One

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Rockstar Games has finally announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the Xbox One (and other platforms) from November 18th, 2014 which was already rumoured thanks to various retailers. The PC version will follow on January 27th 2015.

Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever compared to Xbox 360. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including:

    New activities New weapons New vehicles Additional wildlife Denser traffic New foliage system Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more.

Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One will also feature enhanced radio selections, with over 100 additional new songs and new DJ mixes from returning DJs across the game’s 17 radio stations.

All players who pre-order the game will receive $1,000,000 in-game cash to spend across Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. A host of new, exclusive content also awaits for players returning from the Xbox 360 version including rare versions of classic vehicles to collect from across the Grand Theft Auto series such as the Dukes, the Dodo Seaplane and a faster, more maneuverable Blimp; activities, including wildlife photography; and new shooting range challenges, new weapons and more.

Enhancements to Grand Theft Auto Online include an increased player count, with online play now for up to 30 players. All existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available with much more to come. Existing players on Xbox 360 will be able to transfer their current Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression.