Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the latest in Activision’s annual first-person shooter series, is a solid effort. Playing through its campaign, multiplayer and zombies modes – Call of Duty’s golden triangle – there is a lot to like. And I do believe Black Ops Cold War is probably the best game it has any right to be under the circumstances – circumstances that were troubled even before the pandemic forced the developers at Raven and Treyarch and the enormous quality assurance effort that goes into a Call of Duty to switch to work from home. Like a Black Ops operation behind enemy lines, Cold War is something of a miraculous rescue job, the result of what I have no doubt was a crushing effort to meet Activision’s launch deadline. That there is a solid game to play at all is a fantastic achievement. But, every now and then, … Read the rest

We are very thrilled to take part in the Xbox Series X|S launch line-up with Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition, the definitive edition of Warhammer: Chaosbane.

If you haven’t heard about Warhammer: Chaosbane, it is the first hack-and-slash set in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles universe that thrusts you into the heart of the Old World, a continent scarred by the Great War Against Chaos — a bloody conflict that has ravaged the fledgling empire. You can choose between 6 playable characters, each with their own skillset and flavour, and play with friends in co-op to explore the iconic areas of the Warhammer world. 

Multiplayer is at the heart of the experience in Warhammer: Chaosbane. The entirety of the game can be played with friends. Fight together against the nastiest the Warhammer Old World has to offer!

The ultimate version on Xbox Series X|S

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Xbox Live

Star Renegades

Raw Fury

$24.99
Xbox Game Pass
RESIST. RECLAIM. SURVIVE. REPEAT

A service robot named J5T-1N has arrived in your dimension to warn of impending doom from an overwhelming force known as the Imperium.

Fight for survival across a procedurally generated and emergent mission-based campaign through reactive, tactical turn-based battle system that emphasizes interrupts and counters. Standing in your way is an intelligent Adversary system with enemy officers that evolve and move up in the ranks.

As your band of heroes fall in the fight against invading Imperium and hope is all but lost, J5T-1N must be sent to the next dimension with everything you’ve learned to give the next group of heroes a chance to prevail. Each dimension, and each playthrough is unique, challenging, and never the same.

FEATURES

• Outwit your foes with interrupts,

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It’s time for an Anniversary! We’re celebrating a year of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition with the biggest update we’ve ever shipped, including a NEW Battle Royale game mode, NEW features to help welcome our growing community, balance changes, bug fixes, and more!

It’s time for a Battle Royale, Age of Empires style! With the November Anniversary Update, we’re introducing a new game mode – Battle Royale! This fast-paced mode pits up to eight players against each other in five new custom maps for a free-for-all contest to see who can be the last combatant standing. Each player starts with two hero units and can then scout the map for both supply and military buildings. Resources are on a constant tick and will accelerate if you’re able to maintain control of those supply buildings, but be vigilant – any other player can take those away by eliminating your defenses … Read the rest

Xbox Live

Mars Horizon

The Irregular Corporation


$19.99

$17.99
In Mars Horizon, you take control of a major space agency, leading it from the dawn of the space age through to landing astronauts on Mars. Guide your agency through the space race and write your alternate history of space travel – any of the agencies can be the first to land on The Moon if you make the right choices. Manage the numerous challenges faced then and now:

You’re in charge of every element of the journey into space: success rides on your decisions.

Will you push to stay ahead of the other agencies, or focus on testing and research? There are multiple ways to ensure the first person on Mars is under your command. Every choice matters: will you invest in the most advanced technology or take risks

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Tetris is the final boss of a lot of video game consoles. For years I kept my NES around, partly, sure, because I think it is uncommonly nice to look at, but mostly because it meant Tetris on the TV. Equally, I reckon there are a lot of Game Boys out there that only play Tetris these days; I have at least two in my house somewhere. After that it starts to get slightly creepy: as the years have passed, my DS is largely still active because of Tetris DS, a Nintendo-themed blow-out marked by scrappy imagination. And if we allow Lumines into the fold, then jeepers: the PSP is never without the Lumines UMD, and my Vita is basically a beautiful machine for playing Electronic Symphony, a game that had the audacity to change the way the fuse block worked – and I loved it for that.

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Hi everyone! I’m Franciszek Batko, a game developer of Red Limb Studio. I’m pleased to announce we’ve finally launched Beat Me! on Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.

Beat Me! is a physics-based multiplayer game for up to six players. That’s a lovely party brawler where we fight as puppets at the Puppetonia kingdom. The main game mode is the deathmatch available locally as well as over the internet. There are over 100 levels in the game, which are an important part of the gameplay. Each scene can surprise you in a different way, as well as any character that players can play. Fighting in the Puppetonia Tournament, you must master skills, fighting-styles, and adopt strategies for each unique situation to win the match.

Beat Me!

Our main goal was to make the game fun. The most important thing is not the competition, but the time well spent together. Therefore, I‘m very … Read the rest

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals available from the Microsoft Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 23 November 2020 (actual end date varies by sale).

NOTE: The Bandai Namco Publisher sale ends on 19 November.

These deals will expire at 10:00 am UTC on Tuesday November 24th 2020

Xbox One Deals

   

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Xbox One X Enhanced 60% Publisher Sale
Jump Force Xbox One X Enhanced 75% Publisher Sale
Code Vein Xbox One X Enhanced 67% Publisher Sale
Dark Souls III Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S 75% Publisher Sale
TEKKEN 7 Xbox Game Pass 80% Publisher Sale
SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S w/ Free Trial 40% Publisher Sale
Dragon Ball FighterZ Xbox One X Enhanced 85% Publisher Sale
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S 67% Publisher Sale
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Forza Horizon 4 isn’t just one of the best Xbox exclusives, it’s also one of the greatest racing games ever made. A couple of years back, we lauded excellent Xbox One, One X and PC versions – and loved the way that Microsoft’s enhanced console offered the option of 1080p60 racing, a first for the series. With the arrival of Xbox Series X and the junior S, 60fps is now the standard. Advantages for the new version are plain to see across the board, but surprisingly – and disappointingly – there are some visual cutbacks too.

With this new patch, Forza Horizon no longer has multiple performance modes to choose from. In theory, it should no longer need them. Xbox Series X has twice the GPU power of Xbox One X, so it stands to reason that One X’s 4K30 quality mode should transition to 4K60 on the new X. … Read the rest

With over ten games in the series, the Kingdom Hearts franchise has been going strong for nearly twenty years. Xbox players were only officially introduced to Sora and all the magic and splendor the series contains with Kingdom Hearts III’s release in 2019. More recently, the majority of the series with Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.6 ReMix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue have been released on Xbox, and all available on Game Pass, too!

These various installments have expanded the world of Kingdom Hearts and introduced countless new characters, settings, and gameplay mechanics. If there’s one constant that’s been present in each game, aside from the magical pairing of Disney and original Kingdom Hearts characters, it would have to be the fantastic music.

While various composers and arrangers have contributed to the library of Kingdom Hearts music since the series’ inception, its main composer is … Read the rest