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Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider and Rayman to join Games with Gold

Although it hasn’t been officially announced, reports suggest that Xbox Gold members will be getting their hands in Bioshock Infinite & Tomb Raider on the Xbox 360 and Rayman Legends on the Xbox One as part of the Games with Gold promotion.

The info was revealed on one of Microsoft’s internal sites and NeoGAF managed to get hold of the info. 

Other details included the fact that over 100m games have been downloaded since the promotion began and to celebrate Microsoft will be giving away double the free games in April.

I’ve played both Bioshock and Tomb Raider, but they were also two of my favourite games on the 360 and I haven’t got Rayman so it’s a good month for me! What do you think of the lineup?

Michel Ancel and his team To Stream Rayman Legends on twitch.tv

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On Friday, March 14th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Michel Ancel and other members of the development team that created Rayman Legends, the Award-Winning Platformer, will play live from Montpellier (France) on twitch.tv on the Ubisoft channel. For 2 hours, they will explore each world, the Invasion mode and compete on the Kung Foot mode. Michel Ancel and his team will take this opportunity to answer live questions from fans.

Rayman Legends on Xbox One scored 90% from ThisisXbox.com:

Could anything be more fun than just wallowing in a fantasy land that will remind you of everything the older consoles had to offer for gamers? Rayman Legends is not just a modern platformer; the gameplay feels as good as your childhood platforming memories with collectables, elements of trial and error, fun and bright chapters that offer an equal amount of danger with a plentiful amount of frustrating moments to give you the urge not to be beat. Platformers do not usually require a great amount of skill, but instead it’s about timing your moves carefully and always waiting for the right moment to strike. Just like other Rayman titles, in the latest game you are still faced with moving ledges, timing your jumps, sprinting when required, a selection of random enemies scattered throughout the chapters and the objective of freeing Teensies from capture and additionally collecting the Lums.

Remember to bookmark the Ubisoft Channel on twitch.tv: http://www.twitch.tv/ubisoft

Rayman Legends Xbox One Review

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Ubisoft has released Rayman Legends on the Xbox One this week and is available as a retail or digital download title. It has already appeared on last-gen consoles (Xbox 360) last year and was one of our most favourite platformers to date, and still is. Rayman Legends on Xbox One is a re-release with less loading times due to the advantage of installing on Xbox One and shinier graphics. It will definitely appeal to gamers who never bought it first time around.

As the direct sequel to our 2011 favourite platformer Rayman Origins, the Legends outing is an exciting adventure through paintings where a little hint of the past returns amidst whole new nightmares to conquer. Where I had once quoted that “I don’t think to date there has ever been a 2D platform game as beautifully crafted as Rayman Origins,” – Legends wipes the floor with it! Designed with more shading, more depth to the visuals and an exceptional palette of colours that will fill your screen with dreams, and worlds from the imagination of Director Michael Ancel. On the Xbox One, the visuals appear clearer and sharper, but not much improvement from the Xbox 360 to really call this next-gen worthy!

Ubisoft are without a doubt king of the platformers when it comes to capturing the presentation, artwork and design all wrapped up into a fun and inviting adventure as this. Rayman Legends is still one of the most striking and wonderfully aesthetic games portraying a platforming fantasy world with hand drawn visuals, 3D models, and improvements to lighting in comparison to Origins. Everything from the smallest plant to the fierce Dragons, the backdrop scenery and the whole magical realm that lies within the Rayman Legends universe is not only beautiful, but imagined in the greatest detail. It’s the Narnia of oil paintings.

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Could anything be more fun than just wallowing in a fantasy land that will remind you of everything the older consoles had to offer for gamers? Rayman Legends is not just a modern platformer; the gameplay feels as good as your childhood platforming memories with collectables, elements of trial and error, fun and bright chapters that offer an equal amount of danger with a plentiful amount of frustrating moments to give you the urge not to be beat. Platformers do not usually require a great amount of skill, but instead it’s about timing your moves carefully and always waiting for the right moment to strike. Just like other Rayman titles, in the latest game you are still faced with moving ledges, timing your jumps, sprinting when required, a selection of random enemies scattered throughout the chapters and the objective of freeing Teensies from capture and additionally collecting the Lums. If you are unfamiliar with Rayman, Lums are to this franchise as Rings are to Sonic the Hedgehog and the Teensies you have to free are like rescuing hostages only they’re like compressed Smurf’s! However, if you do not free enough Teensies you will be unable to advance into the games later missions as your unlocks are based on your ability to find as many as possible!

Platformers are immense fun when well designed and offer a variety of challenges and unlocks to keep you busy for as long as humanly possible and there are plenty of missions to be had in this outing. Rayman Legends as per Origins also functions in the same way that four players can co-operatively work together to beat the chapters, free the Teensies and collect the Lums. This combination when in Solo or Co-op will unlock more levels as you progress and eventually lead you to end of level chapters and bosses. You still have an unlimited amount of lives as upon death you restart around where you last died or your closest auto-save point in time. If you did previously own Origins, it may please you that you do get to revisit some revamped and touched up Origins chapters in a separate part of the game with the new updated engine and visual quality as Legends chapters. To take advantage of the Origins parts you have to have won those chapters from the games own in-game Lucky Tickets (scratch cards) which are awarded to you dependent upon collecting enough Lums. The Lucky Tickets also offer up additional prizes such as character unlocks, Bonus Lums, Bonus Teensies and other items of benefit to you if you match three symbols on every ticket.

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The main storyline is about rescuing the Teensies from the Nightmares with each mythical nightmare world contained within its own painting. Rayman has been asleep for around 100 years which is more than enough time for Nightmares to infest the Glade of Dreams and capture the Teensies. The more Teensies you save, the more paintings and their worlds will become available to you, with each world also having its own set of chapters. To spot the difficulty level, each painting before you jump into it will have a number of skulls beneath it – the more skulls, the harder the game as well as the tougher the challenges. Each of the chapters vary in length and difficulty, but some of the highlights of the campaign are the rock party musical levels that will see you in a high speed race to the finish with all enemies lined up performing in the background to a tune of funky music. Chapters such as Castle in the Sky with its floating medieval castle ruins, and the Enchanted Forest are just a few visual beauties that are like being immersed into your own cartoon! Additionally Murfy  – the sort of fairy frog character that acts as a guide for Rayman is back! Murfy appears in many of the chapters and requires that you give orders in order to complete challenging parts of the game with a button press. As you run, jump, fly in the air by your hair and doing what Rayman does best, Murfy will move obstacles, cut ropes that can be used to climb and swing as well as tickle enemies and guide you through the chapter until he is no longer needed. Murfy’s return ranks up the difficult as you have to think and time Murfy’s orders to coincide with your own gameplay. Timing his moves correctly with yours or you’ll just die and have to do it all over again.

The bosses too have had an overhaul in Legends and now come at you in 3D (more like throw themselves in your face), as well as dwarfing Rayman or whatever colourful character you choose to play with, the bosses are fierce, ginormous and more of an endurance survival challenge. There were times when things didn’t seem as straight forward as they appeared, so often a rethink of strategy is needed to finish them off! The game does get increasingly difficulty the further into the missions you travel, which as any platformer should to ensure that completion has been a real achievement in itself, but unlocking every single painting will take you some considerable time, and unlocking every single playable character requires around one-million Lums to be stored – now that will take months! The unlockables consist of a mix of Creatures and Heroes where Creatures are just like trophies and have no real usage, but Heroes are where your unlocked characters are stored. To unlock more characters you have to collect Lums and Skull Coins, but some Princess characters can only be unlocked by collecting enough Teensies to save them. In the Heroes section of the game you can easily switch between playable characters.

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Aside from the campaign which is a series of paintings, each with its own world, each world with its own chapters – there are online elements of the game where you can compete with Xbox LIVE players in the way of Challenges. There are Daily and Weekly online Challenges each with an Extreme more difficult challenge for players who have a set Awesome rank. Your Awesome rank increases with the more trophies you earn and for doing things of a great nature…saving Princesses, winning Bronze, Silver or Gold in Challenges etc. Once into the Challenge you can see how your score compares against your friends or other online players in the set level which has been designed as a timed objective – and when the level starts you can see the ghost player of those you’re competing against. I found the ghost player too annoying because I was unable to see my own character clearly enough, but it can be turned off in the options. Daily and Weekly challenges are updated after their time ends, but you can re-try an unlimited number of times to get a better rank or score before the day or week is up.

I struggled to find anything negative about Rayman Legends; everything from the artwork to the level design, the challenges, the bosses, the whole mythic worlds and enchanting scenery was perfect for an amazing platforming game as this. Everything about it is just brilliant and fun for literally anyone! There are elements which could have made the game better such as online co-op modes, but that is the only improvement that could have been implemented. If you love platformers, you’ll totally fall in love with Rayman Legends as it’s a wonderful trip into a world that is filled with dreamscapes and beautifully orchestrated nightmares. There’s nothing quite like Rayman, and Rayman Legends is the most outstanding of all platformers both captivating and imaginative.

If you’re looking for a new or better experience of the game on Xbox One, don’t count on it. It is still a great game and scored appropriately, but not worth buying twice if you already have the Xbox 360 version. On the other hand, if you sold your Xbox 360 and at a loose end with gaming right now – Rayman Legends is sure to entertain as you wait for the other big titles this year!

Thank you to Xbox for providing thisisxbox with a review code

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Rayman Legends for Xbox One Dated February 28

The utterly perfect and outstanding platformer – Rayman Legends, as developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, will grace its presence on the Xbox One from February 28th 2014! Oh, boy are we excited to see such an excellent and graphically beautiful game with another lick of paint for the new generation consoles!

The news came today from Ubisoft who detailed that thanks to the enhanced capabilities of these next-gen consoles, the award-winning graphics of Rayman Legends have been upgraded and the loading time between maps suppressed. Players on both platforms will also get exclusive costumes for Rayman and Globox: Splinter Ray, Ray Vaas and Globox Vaas on Xbox One, as well as being able to buy the Funky Ray costume with Uplay points.

Players will also be able to take advantage of exclusive features on Xbox One which includes 10 exclusive challenges to unlock new time-limited Achievements!

Rayman Legends on the Xbox 360 scored a whopping 9.5/10 from thisisxbox:

I struggled to find anything negative about Rayman Legends; everything from the artwork to the level design, the challenges, the bosses, the whole mythic worlds and enchanting scenery was perfect for an amazing platforming game as this. Everything about it is just brilliant and fun for literally anyone! There are elements which could have made the game better such as online co-op modes, but that is the only improvement that could have been implemented. Overall I can only praise Ubisoft for delaying the game to make it a multiplatform release with more levels and a fantastic return to Origins too. If you love platformers, you’ll totally fall in love with Rayman Legends as it’s a wonderful trip into a world that is filled with dreamscapes and beautifully orchestrated nightmares.

We’ll hopefully have an Xbox One review in due course!

ThisisXbox HUGE Christmas Giveaway [Winner Announced]

HUGE Congratulations to Paul Jones! You have won the full prize bundle as detailed below. Please contact me; kris[at]thisisxbox.com with your preferred UK delivery address.

To everyone who entered and shared the competition, thank you. Please stay with us into 2014 as we continue to bring you Xbox One news, reviews, features and competitions. Thanks again – The ThisisXbox Team. 🙂

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Here at TiX we are lucky enough to have fantastic readers as well as writers, we have great relationships with publishers and developers alike. To celebrate a fantastic year in Xbox gaming, we have a massive giveaway for you to get involved. We have one big grand prize valued over £300 for you to win to help make your Christmas and New Year that much better. So, what’s up for grabs I hear you cry? Well take a look at this…

Xbox LIVE Arcade Titles:

  • Final Exam
  • Charlie Murder
  • Flashback
  • TMNT
  • Brothers
  • Blood Knight

Xbox 360 Games: 

  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Saints Row IV
  • Lost Planet 3
  • Rayman Legends
  • GRID 2
  • Killer is Dead
  • Farming Simulator
  • Star Trek

We’ll also be throwing in the following PC Games to the prize pot:

  • Recovery Search & Destroy
  • Chemical Spillage
  • Police Force 2
  • Disaster Response Unit
  • Football Director

And the following items gathered during 2013 from events and launch packs:

  • A Storm of Swords (Game of Thrones Paperback book from San Diego ComicCon 2013)
  • Farm Collection 4D puzzle
  • 007 Limited Edition Cocktail Shaker

Fancy all of this in time for Christmas? Well it’s really simple, we want to know what game our readers enjoyed the most over the past 12 months so reply below with your ‘Xbox Game of the Year 2013‘. This can be either an Xbox 360 or Xbox One title.

For a second entry you’ll need to tweet the following message and include your Twitter name in your post below.

 

For a third and final entry, make sure you like ThisisXbox on Facebook.

Terms & Conditions:

  • A UK Winner will be chosen at random by ThisisXbox Staff Writer: KrisWB.
  • No cash alternative is offered.
  • For your second entry tweet to be valid you need to be following @thisisxbox when the winner is picked on Monday 16th December.
  • For your third entry to be valid we’ll be checking names of comments against those on our Facebook page for matches.
  • The winner will be asked to email kris@thisisxbox.com with their preferred delivery address.

 

Rayman Legends Wardrobe Coming to London Victoria Station

To celebrate the release of the critically acclaimed 2D platforming game Rayman Legends, fans will get the chance to  step into Rayman’s very own Wondrous Wardrobe in London Victoria Station and dress up like your favourite characters from the game.

A gigantic wardrobe of legendary proportions standing over 2.55 meters (8 foot 4 inches) will appear in London’s Victoria Train Station on Thursday 5thSeptember; step inside and become your very own Legend with a host of dress up fun, a chance to play on the new Rayman Legends game and even take home a souvenir.

Rayman Legends is out now for Microsoft Xbox 360 and it is a tonne of fun but not sure I would look good dressed as a Teensie !

Rayman Legends Launch Trailer

Rayman Legends – the almight platoforming game that has landed on Xbox 360 with a bang is set to be a success when it launches this Friday.

We scored Rayman Legends 9.5/10 in our recent review:

If you love platformers, you’ll totally fall in love with Rayman Legends as it’s a wonderful trip into a world that is filled with dreamscapes and beautifully orchestrated nightmares. There’s nothing quite like Rayman, and Rayman Legends is the most outstanding of all platformers on Xbox 360 – captivating and imaginative.

Check out the launch trailer above for a shot at what to expect at launch.

UK Only Competition – Win Far Cry 3 Insane Edition on Xbox 360

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As at 30th August 2013 – The prize for a Rayman Legends Promotional Copy for Xbox 360 has been scrapped. It has been discovered by Ubisoft that Promo Copies are being traded in at CEX Stores across the UK – because of this and that it is a Promo Copy, this competition has been ammended.

Ubisoft has kindly gifted a FAR CRY 3 INSANE Edition instead which will be given away by thisisxbox.com, but now the competition has changed, so have the terms and we have extended it until Sunday 11:59pm September 1st.

A winner will be selected on September 2nd and will be notified on Twitter.

To enter you need to follow both @ThisisXbox and @KrisWB on Twitter (if you’re not already) and ReTweet the following on your Twitter account:

You can’t win #RaymanLegends on #Xbox360 Details: http://wp.me/p23Lqn-3ym then RT & Follow @thisisxbox & @KrisWB to Win. #RLTiXCode

All previous entries as per the original competition will still be valid unless you opt out by tweeting @KrisWB not to be entered.

ORIGINAL COMP NOW AMMENDED – DISREGARD THE BELOW INFORMATION AS IT IS NO LONGER VALID. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE RULES AT ANY TIME. THIS IS TO SHOW RESPECT TO UBISOFT UK

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Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends has hit the media with a storm yesterday receiving a strong positive wave of reviews around the internet and scoring a whopping 9.5/10 here on thisisxbox.com. To celebrate such an AMAZING platforming game – we’re giving away one copy to a lucky UK gamer this week, but here come the rules of entry if you’re interested in grabbing a free game from us.

To enter you need to follow both @ThisisXbox and @KrisWB on Twitter (if you’re not already) and ReTweet the following on your Twitter account:

Win UK #RaymanLegends on #Xbox360 Details: http://wp.me/p23Lqn-3ym then RT & Follow @thisisxbox & @KrisWB to Win. #RLTiXCode

and comment on our review of Rayman Legends by using a Twitter login. Only by doing all of this will count as a valid entry.

To check valid entries you need to comment on the Rayman Legends review by using a Twitter login. This is because it will be easier to check who is following us on Twitter and who has commented using the same account.

@KrisWb (Writer/Reviewer for Thisisxbox) will carefully select a winner after the competition closes on Friday 30th August 2013 at 8pm BST UK Time. Only UK residents can enter.

Rayman Legends Demo Hits Xbox LIVE Marketplace

Ubisoft will release a demo for Rayman Legends on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace from August 14th. The demo of Rayman Legends will feature three different levels from across the Rayman universe as well as a look into the competitive Invasion Mode.

Playable maps will include Teensies in Trouble and A Toad Story, along with their Invasion Mode counterpart level, and a fan-favourite musical map themed to the song ‘Black Betty.’ The demo will also include access to the Gallery of Heroes where players can swap costumes of their character, and various trailers for the game.

At the same time, Ubisoft is pleased to reveal a walkthrough video highlighting a new musical map available in the game. Titled “Gloo Gloo”, this map takes place in the stealthy underwater world, 20,000 Lums Under the Sea.

Rayman Legends will be released on August 30th, 2013 in the United Kingdom.