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Battlefield Hardline: Criminal Activity DLC

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For all you Battlefield Hardline players there is good news as the first major DLC pack, ‘Criminal Activity’ is on its way. A post on Hardlines official website stated the DLC would be with us in June and is focused on a secret crime ring who have access to high-tech gear and intend on terrorizing the populace. As a result, the police force is hitting them back with full… force.

So what can we expect from the DLC;

    Four fast-paced new maps – Backwoods, Code Blue, The Beat and Black Friday Two new rides Two new ammunition types for specific weapons A new gadget Three new weapons A nailgun battlepickup New Bounty Hunter game mode Six new masks:  two animal masks, and four new police headgear options

Battlefield Hardline: ‘Criminal Activity’ is due to drop early June and like earlier Battlefield games Premium members will receive the content first and non-Premium players will probably receive the DLC a few weeks later.

Minecraft celebrates its 3rd birthday with free skins

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Minecraft on the Xbox 360 is 3 years old today and to mark the event Xbox is giving away free skin packs to all of its players.

To celebrate the occasion and to say thankyou to the 20 million players on Xbox 360 and Xbox One a selection of skins are now available to download. Until May 17, you can now download three packs for free. There’s a brand-new bundle featuring veteran Mojangstas and a few cheeky extras, the 2nd Birthday Skin Pack from last year, and the 1st Skin Pack that was given away to celebrate Minecraft’s first birthday.

If you’re a veteran 360 player you might already own the older packs, but this is the first time any of them have been available on Xbox One so grab them while they are available.

Battlefield 4 says goodbye to mobile commanders

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In a recent post on Battlelog, Dices hub for all things Battlefield, it was announced that as of August 11th 2015 the Battlefield 4 Commander app on the iOS and Android platforms will no longer be supported.

The posting went on to say;

This is not an easy choice, but we believe the time is right to retire the mobile app as we’re seeing more of our Commanders playing on PC and console. This change means that you’ll no longer be able to download the app from Apple Store or Google Play starting today, April 28th. However, if you have the app downloaded already, you can continue to play it on mobile devices until August 11th. Additionally, this change does not affect in any way the in-game Commander mode experience. You will still be able to take the command and lead your team to victory on your PC and consoles!

As a regular user of the app this saddens me as I have spent many hours supporting friends and colleagues when I’ve either been away from home or just couldn’t be bothered to fire my Xbox up.

With this service shutting down does this mean we might be seeing something new coming for a future DICE release that will include mobile device integration, who knows? All I know is I’m now going to have to find something else to do to while I wait to board my plane.

All future Battlefield 4 content to be free

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Following on from my post in February this year on the future of Battlefield 4, it looks like Dice have kept their promise and have been busy working on a lot of new content for the game. Apart from the community map which has been in development since early this year, we are also expecting to get night maps, a few extra weapons, the upcoming Gunmaster game mode and some extra undisclosed content. This all sounds great but the big question being asked by the Battlefield 4 community is how much will this cost?

The wait is over and its now been confirmed by David Sirland, Producer at Dice LA, that all future content for the game will be free of charge to both Premium and non-Premium players. So with this in mind lets take a closer look at what we can look forward to?

The upcoming Spring patch will include the Gunmaster game mode and 5 new weapons, including the AN-94 assault rifle. The Night Maps update will include night versions of several maps, including Siege of Shanghai, Zavod 311, and Golmud Railway.

Finally, this Summer, DICE will release the brand new community map, which they have worked on since early this year. In addition to this map there is also talk of another map in the remake from a former Battlefield game, but what this is we don’t know as of yet. Further information on the up and coming releases can be found on Battlelog.

So again the future looks bright for existing Battlefield 4 players but what do you think about the option now to give all new content free to everyone, especially non-Premium members?

Let me know your thoughts?

Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars leaked

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The online German retailer Saturn seems to have let slip that the next Disney Infinity game will include Star Wars characters.  On their website, Saturn posted a listing for the Disney Infinity 3.0 starter set, including Star Wars’s Anakin Skywalker and Ahoska from the Clone Wars. Looking closer at the box other characters including R2D2, C3PO, Yoda, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul and even Annakin’s pod racer can also be seen which brings thoughts that the entire Star Wars franchise will be included in some shape or form.

Disney Infinity is an action-adventure sandbox video game developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive Studios. Similar to Activision’s Skylanders franchise, the game uses collectible figurines that are then synchronized with the game, unlocking characters from Disney and Pixar properties that interact and go on adventures.

Saturn’s website also shows a release date of August, so it really does seem that Disney is making the most of the big Star Wars movie launch at the end of the year.

TiX Podcast: Locop

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Welcome to the official This is Xbox Podcast.

Your hosts Greg Giddens and Neale Jarrett are here to take you on an audio journey of Xbox game impressions and opinions, bad jokes, Xbox news, worse jokes, guest interviews, really terrible jokes, and a fortnightly competitive challenge.

Beware of strong language, and awful, awful jokes.

In this episode the pair discuss Aaru’s Awakening, Goat Simulator and Mortal Kombat X. They also get their first email topic and answer a question sent in by Gavin Irwin about what local coop games they recommend, before a short discussion on recent Xbox news.

We’re also running a competition for one lucky listener to win a Razer Kraken headset for Xbox One. Details on how to enter are in the podcast, where you’ll be given a password to access this page: http://www.thisisxbox.com/podcast-giveaway-razer-kraken-xbox-one-gaming-headset/

The competition ends at midnight on the 1st of May, so hurry.

You can watch the full Goat Simulator First Impressions video mentioned in this episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr_TQs1xwY0

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

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

You can also find us on iTunes and Stitcher

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/)

Goat Simulator review

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Goat Simulator may only be a physic playground, but it’s not as aimless as it first seems. There are dozens of optional objectives to complete that run the gamut from running up the sides of buildings, to staying in the air for a certain amount of time. And as you go about completing them, exploring the two areas – Goatville and Goat City Bay – for opportunities to conquer the objectives and hunting that precious 1,000 Gamerscore, you’ll also discover secret areas, odd occurrences, millions of glitches and bugs, and plenty of referential humour, these will distract you, and before you know it hours will have passed, and you’ve experienced nothing but hilarious, tear inducing fun.

Indeed ‘playground’ is certainly the appropriate word for describing Goat Simulator. Each area is full of equipment, buildings, people, and vehicles to distract you and have fun with, whether that’s ramming and kicking people metres into the air for sport, trying to ride skateboards and bikes, or defying gravity by running up walls and sailing through the air. Add a few glitches to your activities and the fun multiplies, but there’s so much more than just a few glitches.

Water transubstantiates between liquid, solid and gas, resulting in peculiar physics as you frequently jump off the surface or trot unabated on the ocean floor. Meanwhile, you tongue can latch onto almost anything and stretch seemingly infinitely, and on occasion the rest of your head will follow suit. Furthermore, random glitches can occur, such as you embedding yourself in a structure. It’s fantastically absurd. Wonderfully, the developers, Coffee Stain Studios, won’t be fixing any of these bugs either, just the game breaking ones, instead they label them as features, and features they certainly are, ones that make an amusing title downright hilarious.

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Xbox 360 Preview Program brings 2TB external drive support

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With all the hype around the Xbox One people might have thought that the trusty Xbox 360 has been forgotten.  Fear not though as the Xbox 360 Preview Program has just rolled out a nice little update to its preview members to help compete with its bigger brother.

Microsoft has announced that Xbox 360 Preview Program members can now support 2TB hard drives on their consoles and whats more it will also support two external drives at a time.

Microsoft’s Major Nelson stated on hos blog that this is one of the most requested features from the Xbox 360 community.

“In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” Microsoft said. “If you are using 16GB of hard drive space for games – we will only take 16GB of space. And just like today – you will be able to use two external drives at a time.”

As of yet there is no information on when the update will be available for the public, but it’s confirmed later in the year is most likely.

However Major Nelson also stated that some drives may give performance issues or be incompatible and if you already had space allocated to Xbox 360 data then you would need to clear this first before you could use the drive.

Good news for Xbox 360 owners then, as for one I always found I was running out of space.  So what do you think and what else would you like the 360 preview program to deliver?

Green light as Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious races onto Xbox

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Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious, the standalone expansion we announced back in February launched today. The game, developed to promote the up and coming movie Fast and Furious 7 is completely standalone, meaning it introduces you into the beautiful world of Forza Horizon 2  but with a huge injection of Fast and Furious, without the need to own the original game.

The goal of the game is to acquire specific cars by taking part in a series of automotive challenges inspired by the Fast & Furious films. From the 900-hp 1970 Dodge Charger to an armored 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and more, each of the cars in the Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious standalone expansion is both stunningly accurate and amazingly fun to drive.

Whats more you have until April 10th to grab it for free, and there after you will have to pay £7.99 for the pleasure.

So grab the download now, start your engines and lets settle this over a quarter-mile.

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved update incoming

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Great news for all owners of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions. Sierra have announced that an update to the game in the form of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved will be released at the end of the month and if you own Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, your game updates for free.

The contents of the update includes 40 additional adventure mode stages, including boss battles, grid shapes and gameplay types. New super abilities in the form of the Sweeper drone and the Detonator. The level system has also been revised to make progression in the game easier, but if you thought it was to easy in the first place a Hardcore mode has been included, challenging players to complete 20 levels without using a super ability.

For existing owners the game will update to the new version on March 31st, both on Xbox One and Xbox 360. However if you haven’t already bought the game then you can buy the fully updated version from the online store from the 31st.

Check out the trailer below showing the full Dimensions Evolved update in action.

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