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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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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.

Xbox One – Special Edition Armed Forces Controller And Headset

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The Xbox News Wire has revealed that US gamers can currently get to grips with a new custom controller. The Special Edition Armed Forces range is set to hit retail with a matching stereo headset as detailed below:

Get ready to own the battlefield with the new Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Wireless Controller and Stereo Headset. As the first set of custom accessories for Xbox One, the controller and headset feature a modern camouflage pattern and military look and are available for pre-order starting today in the U.S and Canada.

The controller and headset will be on store shelves worldwide beginning in October and are priced at $64.99 (Xbox One Wireless Controller) and $89.99 (Xbox One Stereo Headset) USD ERP.

Via: Wire

Pinball FX2 – Free On Xbox One From July 31

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Zen Studios, has announced today that Pinball FX2 will make its debut on the Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program on July 31st this year. With only a few weeks to wait, Pinball FX2 will arrive as a free download on Xbox One with nearly the entire Pinball FX2 library available on day one, including all Star Wars Pinball table packs, all Marvel Pinball tables, Plants vs. Zombies Pinball, and Zen’s original tables available for purchase, with future tables, including The Walking Dead Pinball, just on the horizon.

Pinball FX2 brings all the pinball action for which the franchise is known into the next-generation with 1080p graphics at 60 frames per second, worldwide tournaments, new achievements, and a slick new menu interface. Additionally, downloading Pinball FX2 on Xbox One nets you the Sorcerer’s Lair table for free.

“With the release of Pinball FX2 on Xbox One, we have closed the loop and can now offer our fans a complete virtual pinball experience, regardless of their system preference,” said Mel Kirk, VP of Publishing at Zen Studios. “We’ve got a lot of great things planned for the newest generation of consoles when it comes to pinball, so stay tuned for some awesome new stuff from Zen Studios.”

Prices for tables range between $2.49 and $2.99 for single tables, and $9.99 for table packs, available from the Xbox Games Store.

Sniper Elite 3 Xbox One Review

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Rebellion and 505 Games deliver the third instalment in the Sniper Elite series that puts a greater emphasis now on the gore-fest slow motion bullet kills than anything else you’ll see in-game. As a prequel to Sniper Elite V2 from 2012 which in itself was a remake, the mind-set of maybe being third-time-lucky in an attempt to produce a decent solid and satisfying shooter has failed. Sniper Elite 3 is the all dancing, brighter, shinier version of the other Sniper Elite’s with continued distinguishing shit AI and visual pop-ins the franchise could be famous for. You may not be able to polish a turd, but Rebellion has proved you can at least roll it in glitter!

For next-gen consoles the bar was raised in terms of expectations, but unfortunately the game falls flat in its face in being anything remotely exciting as far as WWII shooters are concerned. Starting out with the positives that are most noticeable from the graphical improvements – Sniper Elite III on Xbox One now appears to look exactly how you would have expected it on Xbox 360. With Sniper Elite V2 being completely basic in its visual capacity it is nice to see a more developed and fancier version of Sniper Elite on Xbox One, but still not “all-that” in the way of what you might be expecting. If anything, the best visual display is in the slow motion bullet kills with a much more refined impression of internal body parts that come crashing and smashing out as you perform perfectly timed and aligned shots to head, lungs, heart and other organs. If you are not familiar with Sniper Elite, in slow motion the bullet tears through the air before forcefully impounding itself into the body, and you get to see organs tear and » Continue Reading.

Devil May Cry Ultimate Edition For Xbox One?

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Unless all the vodka has played a part in this, (bad joke) Russian videogame retailer Videoigr.net has listed online for pre-order the Ultimate Edition of Ninja Theory’s Devil May Cry reboot that was originally released on Xbox 360.

The listing details Xbox One and PS4 versions going on sale from December 16th 2014. No other specifics were mentioned, but if true – then this is likely to be an enhanced buffed up and beefed out version of the original for next-gen platforms looking all shiny with new lighting and to the brim with DLC.

DMC is also not the only game probably outed on Videoigr as another Capcom hit Resident Evil Revelations could be inline for a next-gen sequel since Resident Evil Revelations 2 (yes two) was placed for pre-order on both Xbox One and PS4 also.

It is believed that site has been accurate with leaking titles prior to announcements and although the above two games seem likely (and plausible) this is regarded as merely a rumour until official announcements come in from Capcom.

Via PSU

Xbox At San Diego Comic-Con Detailed

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The Xbox News Wire has dropped an information overload for Comic-Con International: San Diego. What is the biggest, craziest, most awesome pop culture convention in the world is happening from July 24th-27th and Xbox will be in sunny Southern California, bringing its A-game.

If you are heading that way you might want to check out the following:

Halo: Nightfall First-Look

Thursday, July 24, 11:45AM – 12:45PM, Room 6BCF

Prepare for your next step in the Halo Journey with a deep-dive into Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions. Join 343’s Kiki Wolfkill (Executive Producer), Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director) along with key Halo: Nightfall cast and crew, and be among the first to get the details of the story and production.

The Fusion of Art and Style in Sunset Overdrive

Thursday, July 24, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, Room 5AB

Join Xbox Live’s Major Nelson to get an inside look into the inspiration behind the vibrant and off-the-wall style of Sunset Overdrive, a new open-world action game coming exclusively to the Xbox One this fall. Audience members will be the first to see new Sunset Overdrive content illustrating the creative freedom the game offers players. Hear directly from Insomniac Games’s Drew Murray and Marcus Smith (Game and Creative Director, respectively) along with art director Jacinda Chew and lead character artist Gavin Goulden.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Developer Panel

Friday, July 25, 10:15AM – 11:15AM, Room 6BCF

Join 343 Industries’ Senior Producer, Dennis Ries, and Franchise Director, Frank O’Connor, Certain Affinity’s President and original Halo 2 multiplayer and online design lead, Max Hoberman, and other guests for an in-depth conversation about Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Fans can hear about what to expect from the highly anticipated compilation and discuss the efforts being made » Continue Reading.

Alien: Isolation Features Voices And Likenesses Of 1979 Original Cast

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Before you go getting way over excited about the news that the original cast of the 1979 box office hit Alien, has their voices in the game – this is set to feature on two downloadable bonus levels as revealed by a press release today from SEGA and Twentieth Century Fox.

Alien: Isolation, features the vocal talent and likenesses of key cast members of the 1979 Ridley Scott masterpiece, Alien. Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winner Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley) , Tom Skerritt (Dallas) , Veronica Cartwright (Lambert) , Harry Dean Stanton (Brett) , Yaphet Kotto (Parker) and Ian Holm (Ash, likeness and sound-alike) are set to feature in two downloadable bonus missions, which allow you to relive two classic scenes from the movie.

Anyone in the UK who pre-orders the game will get a free upgrade to the Nostromo Edition, which includes the bonus content “Crew Expendable”. Players can choose to play as one of three surviving crewmembers, only moments after Brett’s death at the jaws of the creature. As Ellen Ripley, Dallas or Parker, players can explore the Nostromo from habitation deck down through engineering, coordinating their efforts with Lambert and Ash to lure the Alien into the ship’s airlock.

In addition, consumers who pre-order at select retailers will also receive “Last Survivor” in which players pick up the story as Ripley tries to escape on the Narcissus. On hearing the screams of Lambert and Parker, players must navigate their way back down through the Nostromo in order to activate the self-destruct sequence, before retracing their steps back to the Narcissus shuttle and their escape.

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal » Continue Reading.

Sixty Second Shooter Prime Review

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The ID@Xbox program for Xbox One has already produced some outstanding development work from indie developers with many arcade style games already available on the marketplace and some impressive master pieces still yet to come. As part of the program to aid developers with their gaming ideas for the latest Xbox console about town, Jamie Fristrom’s indie videogame studio, Happion Labs has dropped a bombshell with Sixty Second Shooter Prime!

Sixty Second Shooter is a twin-stick shooter that (drumroll) takes sixty seconds to play – so it’s been rather aptly named. You’ll be surprised how much fun you can have in a minute; not only because it is a challenging race against time, but additionally because it feels a little inspired by the massive 360 arcade hit (in its day) Geometry Wars. Fristrom, a developer who (according to his blog) has previously worked on Spider-Man 1 and 2, Die By The Sword, Tony Hawk, and more – originally developed Sixty Second Shooter in 2011 for the Chrome Web Store, a Deluxe edition later hit the Playstation Vita and Playstation Mobile store and now it is available on Xbox One as Sixty Second Shooter Prime.

The whole concept of surviving a twin-stick shooter with a techno-future backdrop setting feels extremely old-school arcade – only without the money to keep filling the machine up. The time limit and the increasing enemy count on screen adds intensity to the mix with the feeling that you just do not want to be outdone by the enemies. Having sixty seconds and just one life is a bitch, but without that constraint the game wouldn’t work so well because it’s the increasing difficulty level and challenges that keep you addicted. You can only move to another Level once you have cleared all enemies on » Continue Reading.

GTA V Independence Day Event Weekend LIVE

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Thursday July 3rd through Sunday July 6th. San Andreas will be celebrating the birthplace of freedom with big RP & GTA$ bonuses, patriotic discounts at Ammu-Nation, giveaways and lots more – all as part of the Grand Theft Auto Online Independence Day Event Weekend.

The all-new “Independence Day Special Event” Playlist will be a special selection of some of the brand new Rockstar-created Jobs published this week including specific Races for new vehicles like the Sovereign motorcycle and the super-sized Liberator monster truck. This weekend only (starting this Thursday), this Playlist will score you Double GTA$ and Double RP.

Rockstar Games will be giving away five exclusive prize packs of suitably patriotic and rare GTA gear in the Independence Day Gear Giveaway Sweepstakes. Each pack will include a GTAIV Aluminum Bat, Patriot Beer cup, GTAIV foam finger, Statue of Happiness figurine, plus a GTAV Los Santos Lifeguard tee and a Vice City beach ball. Ten runners-up will each get GTAV tee and stickers.

You can enter to win right now through Sunday at http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/events.

ESCAPE Dead Island – New Spin Off For Xbox 360

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Deep Silver has today revealed ESCAPE Dead Island, a third-person single-player survival mystery spin-off that unravels the origins of the zombie outbreak and tells the story between Dead Island and the upcoming Dead Island 2.

ESCAPE Dead Island, follows the story of Cliff Calo, who sets sail to document the unexplained events rumored to have happened on Banoi. Arriving on the island of Narapela, part of the Banoi archipelago, he finds that not everything is as it seems. Haunted by deja-vus, Cliff will have to make sense of it all throughout the entire game – again and again. This story-driven adventure lets players delve into the Dead Island universe and unravel the origins of the zombie outbreak. Escape is only the beginning…

Delivering the key features of a Dead Island game – visceral melee combat set in a beautiful paradise setting – ESCAPE adds a completely new tone to the zombie universe. The visually unique styles accompanies the player on his struggle against insanity as he experiences the secrets of the Dead Island universe, fights off zombies with a vast and unique array of weapons and opens the path to the events that will happen in Dead Island 2.

Developed by Fatshark Sweden, ESCAPE Dead Island is scheduled for release in autumn 2014 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC for a recommended retail price of £39.99 for the console versions and £34.99 for the PC version.