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Halo Wars 2 Beta rewards Avatar T’s

So hands up if you took part in the Halo Wars 2 Beta? Well if you did then keep an eye on your Xbox Inbox as all players that took part are being rewarded with free Halo Wars 2 Avatar T-shirts. If you were one of the lucky ones that took part you will receive two codes, one male and one female. So if dressing up is your thing then keep you eyes open.

Halo Wars 2 will be available February 21, 2017 for Xbox One and Windows 10 and will feature as one of the Play Anywhere titles.

TiX Podcast: Dissecting E3

Welcome to the This is Xbox Podcast.

Join Greg Giddens, Steve Peacock and special guest Derek McRoberts for a new episode of the This is Xbox Podcast – episode 29 Dissecting E3.

In this episode the trio discuss as many of the E3 announcements as they can remember, as well as some of the recent content to hit the TiX site, and they introduce their new site: This is VR. And of course there’s the usual silly banter you’d expect.

Apologies for Derek’s audio, it turned out pretty bad.

https://soundcloud.com/thisisxboxpodcast/tix-podcast-dissecting-e3

If you want to send us a question or topic for the topic discussion section, or simply contact us, then shoot over an email to: podcast@thisisxbox.com

You can also follow the hosts on Twitter: @GregGiddens and @stevetheblack

And our guest: @ADigitalPariah

You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

If you like the show and want to support it, please check out our Patreon page.

The awesome music in this episode was provided by Bangmaid and produced by James Gill. (https://www.mixcloud.com/bangmaid/)

Link Dump:

This is VR

E3 Video Playlist

Microsoft Conference Round-up

Sea Of Thieves gameplay footage

Xbox Play Anywhere: Confirmed titles

Team17 reveal Worms W.M.D full weapons set

Worms WMD

I’ve played Worms for a long time. Team17, Worms’ creators, have been gaming for 25 years and they’ve produced in Worms, a classic franchise that has stood the test of time. The latest iteration of the wriggly garden warfare merchants is due out later this year and the veteran developers are ready to show the world what destruction it will include.

Worms W.M.D will feature 35 standard weapons and utilities, including three brand spanking new and shiny weapons. The Dodgy Phone Battery, Unwanted Present and OMG strike are all going to make their debut in this title.

Launch the Dodgy Phone Battery on to the landscape and watch it deliver a short sharp shock to any worms that are unlucky enough to be in the vicinity. Don’t think you can hide behind metallic objects either as they’ll conduct this and you’ll still get a shocking surprise.

The Unwanted Present, speaking of surprises, will explode after a player-determined amount of turns. If you see one, run away, as it’ll be more trick than treat.

The OMG Strike will call in a satellite to fire down a laser capable of causing huge destruction. This rare new weapon is on a par with the Concrete Donkey and Armageddon.

On top of those, the recently revealed crafting feature adds the ability to craft many more new weapons such as the Bazooka Pie, Alloy Baseball Bat, Electric Sheep and Stinking Carpet Bomb. It’s this crafting ability that increases the weapons count to over 80 in total. Personalise your wormy battle with just the weapons you want to use as this will also add in more tactical gameplay.

Worms W.M.D will also feature up to six player local and online multiplayer fun as well as an extensive single player campaign.

Worms W.M.D will be available on Xbox One later this year. Here’s an overview of the weapons you could be aiming and firing at friend and foe alike, soon.

Loot Crate offer six different Halo Legendary Crates

Loot Crate have been producing special one-off themed crates for gamers to go giddy over, now they are looking to produce a themed edition that runs over several months. The Halo Legendary crate will be one of the first to trial this, running over 12 months. There are six different Legendary crates for Halo fans to get excited for – and what’s in them? Who knows… that’s the best part, it’s a surprise.

343 Industries have partnered with Loot Crate for the Halo Legendary Loot Crate, so the contents will no doubt be awesome and packed with figures, apparel, collectibles, in-game items and several surprises. The first crate spotlights the SPARTAN-IVs and includes an exclusive figure that will form the heart of this first crate – it will be shown off at RTX 2016 and streamed over on twitch on Friday, July 1.

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Banner Saga 2 will be part of Games with Gold in July

The Banner Saga 2, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Tumblestone and Tron evolution are the free games in July as part of Games with Gold.

Xbox Live Gold members can download The Banner Saga 2 ($19.99 ERP) for free during the month of July. Tumblestone ($19.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from July 16th to August 15th.

On Xbox 360, starting Friday, 01 July, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 ($19.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through July 15th. Then on July 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download TRON: Evolution ($14.99 ERP) for free through July 31st.

What do you think of this month’s offerings?

New Deals with Gold now available

Xbox Live’s Major Nelson has revealed the latest Deals with Gold Offers

Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
NBA 2K16 Xbox One Game 50% DWG
NBA 2K16 Michael Jordan Special Edition Xbox One Game 50% DWG
NBA 2K16 Starter Pack Add-On 50% DWG
NBA 2K16 75,000 VC Add-On 10% DWG
NBA 2K16 200,000 VC Add-On 40% DWG
NBA 2K16 450,000 VC Add-On 60% DWG
Titanfall Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Unmechanical: Extended Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Organic Panic Xbox One Game 33% DWG
Teslagrad Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Commander Cherry for Kinect Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Zheros Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Resident Evil 6 Xbox One Game 30% DWG
DC Universe Online 3-Month Membership Add-On 10% DWG
DC Universe Online 12-Month Membership Add-On 25% DWG
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round New Costume Pass 2* Add-On 40% Spotlight
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round: Core Fighters 30 Character Set Add-On 40% Spotlight
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round Story Mode* Add-On 30% Spotlight

*These offers are valid for all Xbox Live members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

    

Xbox 360 Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
NBA 2K16 Games On Demand 50% DWG
Titanfall Deluxe Edition Games On Demand 75% DWG
Mass Effect 3: From Ashes Add-On 50% DWG
Mass Effect 3: Leviathan Add-On 50% DWG
Mass Effect 3: Omega Add-On 50% DWG
Mass Effect 3: Citadel (1 of 2) Add-On 50% DWG
Mass Effect 2: Arrival Add-On 50% DWG
Mass Effect 2: Genesis Add-On 50% DWG
Mass Effect 2: Kasumi – Stolen Memory Add-On 50% DWG
Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker Add-On 50% DWG
Mass Effect 2: Overlord Add-On 50% DWG

These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. 

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II heading to Xbox One

Van Helsing II

A full two years after the PC release of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II, Neocore Games are to bring the title to the Xbox One platform.

The first title in the series was released under a year ago, with TiX reviewing and giving it a fair score of 6.9.

The Van Helsing titles are a hack and slash romp starring the Bram Stoker inspired character, Van Helsing, along with his spectre companion, Lady Katerina, as they try to defeat their arch-foe, General Harker. Travel the country of Borgovia and defeat the undead, monsters, and all manner of other horrors with steampunk-esque weapons and arcane skills.

This second installment will offer the player overhauled classes and new gameplay mechanics to make the hunt more complex as well as three playable classes. Mix up the action as a Hunter, Thaumaturge or Arcane Mechanic.

The Hunter’s Lair returns as the perfect place to hide your weapon stash and trade with NPCs. You’ll also be able to teleport between locations and utilise the alchemy lab while accepting quests from allies.

The Beast in the Lair is a unique artificially created creature. This Chimera is coming to aid Van Helsing straight from The Ink. You can summon it into combat or send it away to the Ink to delve for loot.

You’ll also be able to take advantage of the four player campaign co-op should you so wish, or try your skills against your friends in an eight player PVP mode.

From launch, two DLC packs will be released for the game. The Che Domovy Minipet DLC comes with a rare minipet, gear and a perk. The Expurgator Set DLC will grant you a full wardrode of unique and powerful set items. Each of these DLC are expected to cost around the $0.99 mark or equivalent.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II  will be coming to the Xbox One, digitally, from the 1st of July.

Feel the terror in Verdun

Verdun

Whilst some folk are excited that Battlefield 1 will be coming to consoles, BlackMill Games have stolen a march on their more illustrious rivals with the announcement of the gritty and realistic Verdun.

Based on the Battle of Verdun, which took place in France in World War I, 1916, Verdun takes place over maps based on real war zones.

This squad-based game where players use a variety of historically accurate weapons, will see you traversing the often treacherous conditions of the French front line.

Utilising the first person mechanic, you’ll use your rifle, bayonet, toxic gas, machine guns and more to defeat the advancing enemy lines. The game will also offer the player multiple modes, including defence and attack. Other playable modes included will be, Rifle Deathmatch, Squad Defence and Attrition Mode.

Co-operating with friends can earn your squad Career Points, to unlock specialisations, weapons and kit.

Verdun will be heading over the top nearly two months before Battlefield 1 as well. Expect to get the rallying cry on the 30th of August.

Raise your morale with this message from the front line.