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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.

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.

Halo 2: Anniversary Documentary Dated Friday October 31

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The story of how 343 Industries brought Halo 2 to a new generation while honoring its fabled past will be told this Halloween on October 31st 2014. The full documentary will be available from the Xbox Video Store as detailed below…

“How do you remake a title that is so beloved by fans? How do you decide what must stay the same and what can be updated? It takes an army to build any game and we realized this process was one that the Halo Nation rarely gets a glimpse into,” said Tina Summerford, Director of Programming for 343 Industries. “We hit the road to capture the process from top to bottom, talking to all of the key players who helped bring Halo 2: Anniversary into the next gen and giving our fans unprecedented access to this process.”

Throughout the game’s development 343 Industries travelled the world, capturing the perspectives of 343’s expansive team of creative partners, Halo fans, pro players, and industry experts to tell the story behind the story millions know and love. With over four-hundred hours of footage and more than 80 interviews, they had what they needed to complete their story.

“We made some pretty important discoveries along the way,” said Summerford. “As we got deeper into the project, we realized we couldn’t talk about Halo 2’s impact on the industry without telling the story of Halo’s origins. It’s pretty awesome to hear the original team from Bungie talk about the beginning of this franchise and it’s something we think both new and old fans will appreciate”.

The documentary includes never-before-seen story elements and footage from Halo 2: Anniversary and features interviews with high-profile Halo contributors Bonnie Ross, Frank O’Connor, Dan Ayoub, and Phil Spencer, as well as members of the original Halo 2 team » Continue Reading.

Jade Raymond Quits Ubisoft After 10 Years

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In a press release on the official Ubisoft blog, it was announced by the gaming giants that Jade Raymond after 10 years is leaving to pursue other things and that Alexandre Parizeau, a founding team member of the Ubisoft Toronto studio, replaces Raymond as managing director.

During her tenure at Ubisoft, Raymond was producer on the first Assassin’s Creed (2004-2007) and served as executive producer on Assassin’s Creed II (2008-2009), Watch_Dogs (2008-2009) and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (2010-2013). She also opened the Ubisoft Toronto studio and served as its managing director since 2009, a role she will turn over to Parizeau starting October 29th 2014.

“I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Raymond. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavors.”

With more than 15 years in the game industry, Parizeau has an impressive range of experience across many facets of the business. As a founding core member of Ubisoft Toronto studio, Parizeau is a proven and trusted team builder and leader. He also served as senior producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, and producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Rainbow Six Vegas. Parizeau will report to Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto, and will » Continue Reading.

Sledghammer Games Discussed Modern Warfare 4 Possibility

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Eurogamer 2014 at Earls Court (EGX), London on Saturday 27th September was one of the busiest days of the event – and with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare taking a prime central spot on the show floor it looked like it was getting a great deal of the much deserved attention from the fans. For the hardcore and those interested in the art direction of the new franchise addition, Studio Head, Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, Glen Schofield, gave a great presentation on the matter which is viewable above.

Having previously played the EGX build at Gamescom ’14 in Cologne, Germany, the new Exoskeleton suit is a major positive highlight! Playing multiplayer has now completely changed within Call of Duty and for the better since you can literally be killed by anyone in any direction – it’s the biggest and most needed change in the history of Call of Duty. With the Exoskeleton suit new strategies have to be thought through since enemies can climb buildings, jump higher, acquire tactical playing abilities such as shields, and it all seems to distance the age-old tradition of sitting in corners with Sniper Rifles – finally “Camping” might have been wiped out in Advanced Warfare!

Following the art direction presentation from Glen Schofield, I, along with many others in attendance was granted permission to go to a different room to give further questions and take photographs with the man himself. As thisisxbox.com has a long running piece of history with Modern Warfare 4 rumours since sitting on the plane with the voice actor of Captain Price, I asked the burning question, “Was Modern Warfare 4 considered or ever an option?” Schofield replied “it was considered and discussed, but never taken forward.” before generalising on » Continue Reading.

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.

♦ This post is intended to be an advertisement and was unpaid. ThisisXbox is not affiliated with LeapTrade & accept no loss or liability for LeapTrade activities

Destiny Has Launched – The Most Pre-Ordered New Video Game IP In History

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Bungie, the original creators of the Halo franchise and Activision, the creators and publishers of Call of Duty have now fully unleashed the world’s most pre-ordered new game IP in history across the land – Destiny has launched! Famous fans of the game that include Olympic medallist Anthony Joshua MBE, Manchester United footballer Ashley Young, rapper Professor Green and England Rugby star Danny Care attended the star-studded UK launch last night on London’s Southbank.

Destiny has won over 180 awards and nominations in total, setting the stage to become one of the biggest entertainment launches of the year and the next big blockbuster franchise in gaming. In July, over 4.6 million people tested Destiny in what became the biggest console beta of this console generation. Millions are expected to start playing the full game today.

Bungie’s President, Harold Ryan commented – “Destiny is the game we’ve always wanted to make… We’ve dreamt of this universe for years, so we couldn’t be more thrilled to swing open the doors and let fans shape this experience as they tell their unique stories in the game…”

In addition to the launch of the game, the Destiny Expansion Pass is available for purchase that will extend the Destiny adventure after launch with two expansions containing brand new story missions, cooperative activities and competitive multiplayer arenas as well as a wealth of all new weapons, armour and gear to earn. The Expansion Pass is available at a suggested retail price of £34.99, with Expansion I and Expansion II to be priced individually at £19.99 when they launch. Expansion I will launch in December, with Expansion II following.

In Destiny, you are cast as a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to explore the ancient ruins of our solar system in a » Continue Reading.

[CLOSED] – US Competition Win Forza Horizon 2 On Xbox One

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WINNERS:

    1st Place: @BennyCX26 – Forza Horizon 2 upon release 2nd Place: @StingX2 – $50 LeapTrade Credit 3rd Place: @l3g0l0v3r – $25 LeapTrade Credit

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 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, but for more details on how it all works you’ll need to visit the website directly with this link

LeapTrade are kindly offering US readers of thisisxbox.com the opportunity to have the upcoming Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One for FREE. All you need to do to enter is find us on twitter @ThisisXbox follow the accounts in the comp tweet below and Re-tweet it.

Pls RT: US #Competition Win Forza Horizon 2 with @_LeapTrade_ & @Bremaine #Follow #TiXFH2 http://t.co/GZ8T4uAijR

— This is Xbox (@thisisxbox) September 4, 2014

A US only winner will be picked at random after the comp closes at just after midnight (00:01) Sunday 14th September so you have plenty of time to enter and to tell all your friends too , but there’s more! The winner will receive Forza Horizon 2, and three (3) runner ups will receive Leaptrade credit. 1st runner up gets $50 credit » Continue Reading.

Far Cry 4 – #XboxGamesCom

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Far Cry 3 albeit released late in December 2012 was a commercial success for Ubisoft, and although we’ve had Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon since then, fans of the series are excited to get their hands on the latest open world shooter. We at ThisisXbox are amongst those fans and were lucky enough to gets hands on with one of the missions showcased at Gamescom 2014.

In Far Cry 4 Ubisoft have gone big and are pushing the boundaries of the serious further than they have before. Far Cry 4 is set in the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat ruled over by an evil dictator called Pagan Min. Players will take up the story of protagonist Ajay Ghile as he fights to remove Pagan Min from power.

At Gamescom 2014 Ubisoft brought with them 2 different playable missions for people to get stuck into. First was the stronghold mission and the second that centred on the mythical Shangri-La. We got stuck into the first and from the outset, the stronghold mission drops you immediately into the action. We were dropped outside of our stronghold and left with two choices; storm the front gate or use stealth tactics to fulfil our objective. I choose to go with stealth, at least to begin with…

The objective during the mission was to assassinate an enemy Lieutenant using a knife which is always easier said than done. As we made our way through the stronghold, using our crossbow to pick off guards we couldn’t help but notice the level of detail and impressive graphics on display. The stronghold was alive, the foliage around the buildings swayed and moved naturally as you brushed passed them whilst creeping to cover. Shadows cast from cloud above you moved realistically. » Continue Reading.

Sunset Overdrive Hands-On #XboxGamescom

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If I had to admit that there was one game I wasn’t particularly interested in or over excited about before travelling to Gamescom this year (because I had already made my mind up from watching E3 trailers) it was Sunset Overdrive from Insomniac Games. It can be surprising though just how you can get the perception of a game completely wrong from a trailer in comparison to a hands-on session because after my time on this title in Cologne, Germany; it’s an insane game that is bursting with fun and exceptional use of team work! Sunset Overdrive completely blew me away to the point of fast becoming my least wanted to an absolute must-have in my collection. It’s not that the original trailers were a bore, but I felt a sense of trying too hard to be the new cool kid in town and wasn’t won over by its eccentricity.

During the Gamescom 2014 Xbox Brief, Microsoft announced the glossy white Xbox One console to coincide with the release of Sunset Overdrive on October 31st 2014. Having seen the console with my own eyes it does look every bit as sexy as it looks on screen, I wanted it so bad! If you’re not familiar with the concept of the game, it’s basically an open world with no rules or limits. You can leap off buildings, run along walls, and grind power lines and rails to destroy your foes from every angle. It’s definitely got the fun-factor embedded into every second of gameplay and I doubt you could ever get bored with this level of utter mayhem and madness from one title.

In what looked every bit an over-the-top action ride, actually is just that – a totally whacky over the top third-person insane shooting game, but it » Continue Reading.