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Jason Andrews

Founder of ThisisXbox.com (owner from 2010 - 2014), now writer and reviewer with an interest in writing thriller fiction. Two addictions; Diet Coke and Call of Duty. All views expressed everywhere are my own and not that of my employer!
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Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

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Activision’s behemoth first-person-shooter, Call of Duty – has taken a huge leap forward marking another change of direction for the title since Ghost’s launched with the Xbox One last year. In what started as a World War II game fast evolved in a Modern Warfare, which then led to a Black Ops operation and a covert Ghost’s mission. Now four changes later and perhaps a more natural progression from Modern Warfare is Sledgehammer Games first solo entry into the franchise with Advanced Warfare. Despite talks of a potential Modern Warfare 4, in the very early stages of Sledgehammer Games direction, Glen Schofield, (general manager and co-founder of Sledgehammer Games) confirmed to thisisxbox at Eurogamer ’14 that a more future technology driven adventure was always on the cards and the way forward following their joint effort with Infinity Ward on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. We previously had hands-on multiplayer sessions with Advanced Warfare at both Gamescom and Eurogamer this year and rate the title as the best Call of Duty in years!

It’s been no secret that thisisxbox rated the previous two Call of Duty titles in the franchise less favourable than we had hoped for, but Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings the franchise to life again with an action packed story driven adventure true to the Call of Duty roots with over the top plot lines and building crashes a plenty. It’s certainly no walk in the park and leaves enough surprises to raise a few eyebrows all in glorious next-gen visual quality. By that we mean a million miles apart from what Infinity Ward deemed next-gen with Ghosts, because Advanced Warfare looks and plays as you would expect a true next-gen title to gleam and shine from start to finish. All before we even get » Continue Reading.

Dead Island 2 Beta Inbound For Xbox One

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Dead Island 2 developers’ Deep Silver has announced that a Beta will be available on the Xbox One console after a period of 30 days exclusivity to the rival console Playstation 4! The only current way to guarantee access is through a copy of the Xbox360 spin-off “Escape Dead Island”, but other methods are sure to be available closer to its launch.

Dead Island 2 picks up the Dead Island and Escape Dead Island storyline several months after the events on the Banoi islands. The United States military has put the Golden State under full quarantine which, for some, is a dream come true with a promise of a fresh start. California’s newfound bloody paradise is an action-packed playground featuring the acclaimed, seamless multiplayer for up to eight players who cooperate, compete or simply coexist in a truly social, new-gen multiplayer experience.

No release date has yet been announced for the Beta, but the full game will launch in the spring of 2015.

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EVOLVE – Evacuation Story Beta Announcement Trailer

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From Turtle Rock Studios, creators of Left 4 Dead, comes Evolve, the next-generation of multiplayer shooters where four hunters face off against a single, player-controlled monster in adrenaline-pumping 4v1 matches. Play as the monster to use savage abilities and an animalistic sense to kill your human enemies, or choose one of four hunter classes (Trapper, Support, Assault and Medic) and team up to take down the beast on the planet Shear, where flora and fauna act as an adversary to man and monster alike. Level up to unlock new hunter or monster characters as well as upgrades, skins and perks. Earn your infamy on the leaderboards and become the apex predator.

Those who pre-order the award-winning Evolve from participating retailers will receive the Monster Expansion Pack, which includes the Savage Goliath skin at launch and a new playable monster available after Evolve is released.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – Free DLC Revealed

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has two new DLC packs set for release in early 2015. Starting with the Bizarro World Pack, players will gain access to new LEGO DC Comics characters and locations, additional story-driven content, cool new items and more if you have a Season Pass. Additionally, a second and “FREE” Heroines & Villainesses Pack will also be available in the coming year!

Bizarro World Pack (Season Pass) or £2.50 Save Bizarro’s planet from evil and join the Bizarro League, clones of the Justice League, including characters such as Bizzaro and Bizarra!

Heroines & Villainesses Pack (Free to download) Celebrate the fearless females of DC Comics with this collection of super heroines and villainesses, which allows players to wreak havoc as Raven and tear-up the ground as Terra. The pack also includes fan-favourites, such as alien princess Starfire and animal-mimic Vixen but they’ll need to be on the guard against the explosive Plastique and cold and calculating Killer Frost!

Arrow Pack (Season Pass) or £2.50 Become the Green Arrow, voiced by Stephen Amell, from the hit TV show Arrow on The CW. Explore Starling City and interact with new characters, including Slade Wilson, Roy Harper, Malcolm Merlyn and more.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Scored 70% in our latest review:

LEGO Batman 3 is a fun game but it’s my least favourite LEGO game for a while, it’s packed full of content and fans of DC Comics will no doubt be pleased with the efforts, despite it being called LEGO Batman 3 it’s definitely more LEGO Justice League as they literally save the game from being a pretty average LEGO title.

Infinity Blade Saga Heading To Xbox One

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Tencent Games and Epic’s, iOS Infinity Blade titles are heading to the Xbox One console as Infinity Blade Saga. Development is underway from Tencent who are mulling over releasing it as a Free-to-Play title sometime before February 2015, and although it could also be released on the PS4, the Xbox One is their main priority!

If you have never heard of the Infinity Blade titles, the first was the fastest-grossing app in the history of iOS upon its release late 2010 and sales grossed US$23 million by the end of 2011. The game uses an “on-rails” play style that leads the player down a linear path with one on one sword combat against a variety of Gods and Monsters. All three titles have scored rather favourably with many gaming sites (that review mobile games) scoring them 9’s and in some instances a full 10/10.

Check out the iOS trailer for Infinity Blade 3 below to get a feel for the game before the Infinity Blade Saga is relased on the Xbox Marketplace next year.

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Where Does The Xbox Player Go To Play Bingo?

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If you prefer to do your gaming on a console such as Xbox, it’s great if you can get all the games you want on the one device. But there are some games where it’s better to go elsewhere, and that’s especially true for real money games such as bingo and casino games.

Before there were real money gambling sites, it was possible to play gambling games such as bingo and casino classics like roulette, blackjack and slots on a console. But the major downside to all the different versions of these games was that you couldn’t play with real cash. And while a positive from that is that you’re not spending money to play, any win that you had would always feel pretty meaningless. After all, what’s the point of playing a game that is designed to be about real money when you can’t place real bets.

The Xbox bingo option is Bingo Party, where there are four different types of bingo game that you can play. One plus point to playing these kinds of games on an Xbox is that you can make it a multi-player experience – inviting just the people you want to play with. Bingo Party can have up to 31 players at once, so you can certainly make it a party atmosphere if you want to. And the games can be fun as there are lots of unlockable items and over 50 different winning patterns.

However, you can invite friends to play with you at online bingo sites too. Click to play online here and you’ll see that there are different rooms that you can play in, and each of those has a chat room linked to it. So if you want your friends to join you in a game of bingo, » Continue Reading.

LIMBO – Rolling Out Now For Xbox One Year One Gamers

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One of the best Summer of Arcade titles ever for the Xbox 360 in 2010, LIMBO from PlayDead Studio’s was a highly addictive and dark puzzle game that involved the constant death of a boy in search of his potentially dead sister! As a free gift to Xbox One gamers who bought the Day One edition of the console, redeem codes for the game are rolling out right now – you might want to check your inbox!

The whole game from start to finish is set in a monochrome land with perfectly detailed backdrops to give the impression of a small lost boy venturing through a big dangerous world. Further adding to eerie sinister setting is the lack of in-game music which really works more of an advantage. As you progress from one part of the land to another, the only sound you hear is your own footsteps and the effects of your current backdrop. When it’s raining, you hear the rain pour, in the forest the wind blows, in water you splash and as you trek across girders you hear the sound of clunky metal. Whilst the lack of in-game music might seem like a bore for some, it really would spoil the feel of the ambiance as each chapter is a new shade of darkness just waiting to be explored.

There doesn’t appear to be an obvious story from the onset; you are a lost boy looking to find your sister whilst experiencing mind blowing traps, puzzles and near death experiences along the way through an intelligent horror story. The moment you are immersed within this artistic masterpiece you do soon forget about looking for your sister because of your own need for survival. You will encounter other characters briefly, but they only mean you harm. Where » Continue Reading.

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Biggest Entertainment Launch Of The Year

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Activision have announced that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the biggest entertainment launch of the year, beating not only all other video games, but also the biggest movies, music and books launched in 2014. This is a familiar story as has happened in the past with other previously highly anticipated editions of Call of Duty.

“Since Activision created the Call of Duty franchise in 2003, franchise revenues have exceeded $10 billion in sales worldwide, far exceeding box office receipts for such household movie franchises as Hunger Games, Transformers, Iron Man and Avengers, combined,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “Advanced Warfare is the biggest entertainment launch of 2014 in terms of revenue, surpassing all movie, music and book launches this year.”

“We poured our hearts into making Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare an epic ride and we are pleased with the performance,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing, Inc. “Sales and engagement are up through the first week compared to last year. Season Pass sales are up, as well. The game has been very positively reviewed and the response from fans has been tremendous. We believe Advanced Warfare will be the most successful game of the year and we thank our fans for making it the biggest entertainment launch of the year.”

Activision also confirmed that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the highest-selling digital launch in console history according to Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and internal Activision estimates.

Engagement for Sledgehammer Games’ newest entry to the franchise is based on statistics from the first week after launch according to internal estimates, with gamers playing more than 370 million online matches in its first week of release and levelling up over 200 million times in Advanced Warfare online multiplayer mode.

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Sunset Overdrive 24hr Taster Now Live

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It’s the one year anniversary of Xbox One today and to celebrate, Microsoft and Insomniac Games are inviting all Xbox Live Gold members who still haven’t equipped their TnTeddy’s to get an unlimited taste of Sunset Overdrive for 24 hours starting right now as at Saturday 22nd Nov.

Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One will get to play Sunset Overdrive for free from 05:01 AM GMT on Saturday 22nd Nov to 05:01 AM GMT on Sunday 23rd Nov. Players can grind across Sunset City and decimate mutants until their hearts are content in the campaign, or join with up to seven players for co-op mayhem in Chaos Squad.

ThisisXbox.com reviewed Sunset Overdrive and scored it a whopping 90%:

Sunset Overdrive is without a doubt, one of the best games currently available on the next generation platforms and it’s a game worth remembering. It’s a bat-shit insane and enjoyable game from start to finish and contains mountains of content in a variety of different forms, as well as some truly memorable characters and situations. Sunset Overdrive is without a doubt the best exclusive currently available on the Xbox One.

Celebrate One Year Of Xbox One This Saturday

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This Saturday, November 22nd marks the official one year anniversary of Xbox One – and Xbox want to thank you for being a part of an amazing 12 months by celebrating with you all weekend long.

First, if you’re in one of the original 13 markets and have opted in to receive Xbox Marketing emails, you’ll receive a personalized email detailing what you’ve accomplished since the Xbox One launched last November, and To show their appreciation their are several gifts to be had:

    A Year One Gamer Picture New Xbox One backgrounds: A special Year One background as well as an exclusive Day One background for those who unlocked the Day One achievement A Year One background image for use on Twitter, your desktop, etc. A free rental of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” (for a limited time) A free rental of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods” movie and a sampler pack of “Dragon Ball Z” TV episodes (for a limited time, available in the U.S. and Canada only)

And in addition, fans will be selected at random to receive a special gift from Xbox. The full list of possible gifts include:

    Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle (U.S. only) Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle (U.S. only) One month membership for Xbox One-exclusive EA Access service Tiger Shark cash card for Grand Theft Auto V, worth $200,000 in-game GTA Online dollars Forza gift pack with Forza RallyCross hat, Lamborghini Huracán 1/24 scale replica, and Xbox One Controller (launch team edition) signed by Tanner Foust, host of Top Gear America, Global RallyCross champion and professional stunt driver (U.S. only) Forza Horizon 2 Limited Edition Casio G-Shock Men’s Black Multi-Function Digital Sports Watch (U.S. only) Grand Theft Auto V gift » Continue Reading.