Buy an Xbox One, Choose a Game for Free – Sept. 7 – 13

If you haven’t yet made the jump to the new generation of gaming, then head to your favorite retailer next week and pick up an Xbox One. For one week only – from September 7 through September 13 – when you buy an Xbox One from participating retailers in the U.S. and Canada, you’ll get a free Xbox One game of your choice. The offer is valid for any retail Xbox One game, and the offer is good for Xbox One system bundles, too – so if you want to pick up the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle or Forza Motorsport 5 Bundle, you’re getting another free game of your choice on top of it!

In Canada I found this promotion available at Future Shop, Best Buy and the Microsoft Store. Honestly though I’d rather get the special edition Destiny Bundle that includes a white PS4. However if you didn’t already have an Xbox one and were thinking of getting one, this week would probably be the right time to pick one up.

via Buy an Xbox One, Choose a Game for Free – Sept. 7 – 13.

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Microsoft E3 2014 Press Conference

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In about an hour E3 2014 will officially start, you can stream the Xbox Press Conference live beginning today at 9:00 AM PT with pre-show coverage on Xbox.com, and on your Xbox One or 360 via Xbox Live. You can also watch the press conference on Spike TV at 9:30 AM PT. Immediately after the press conference you can watch the Post Show at 11:15 AM PT over on Twitch.tv/xbox.

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Download The Wolf Among Us Episode One for FREE on Xbox 360

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Download Episode One of The Wolf Among Us, a five-part game series from the creators of the 2012 Game of the Year: The Walking Dead. As Bigby Wolf – THE big bad wolf – you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences. Fairytale characters are being murdered in this hard-boiled, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic book series (DC Comics/Vertigo) by Bill Willingham. Additional episodes available as downloadable content.

via The Wolf Among Us – Xbox.com

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Xbox One Won’t Have Twitch Streaming At Launch

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Microsoft has announced more details about its upcoming Twitch app today, among them, the fact that the Xbox One will not be able to stream over Twitch at launch, but it will be a feature they are hoping to have sometime in early 2014. The Twitch experience on Xbox One will be open to Xbox Live Gold members when they launch the app. So to at least get all of us excited for it when it finally does come around, they have released this video showing off how the Twitch app will work when it comes out.

I will be very interested to see how this compares to the built in Twitch on the PS4 when it gets released.

Via-Microsoft

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

New Grand Theft Auto V Trailer and Screenshots

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Los Santos: a sprawling metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap cable TV. Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals risk everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life. Grand Theft Auto V is coming September 17, 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Check out the newest trailer and screenshots below, are you excited for Grand Theft Auto V?

Pre-Order Grand Theft Auto V and visit www.rockstargames.com/V for more details.

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via Rockstar YouTube

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Unboxing Xbox One and a Close Up of the Controller and Headset

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Xbox’s Major Nelson unboxes the new Xbox One for the first time. See what’s inside the Day One edition. Also get a closer look at the controller, headset and play and charge kit in another series of video just released by Microsoft.

Unboxing Xbox One
Xbox One Wireless Controller
Xbox One Chat Headset
Xbox One Play & Charge Kit

via Unboxing Xbox One – YouTube.

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Review: Mark of the Ninja – Xbox Live Arcade

A ninja is powerful yet fragile. Quick but deliberate. Mark of the Ninja is a stealth platformer that puts you in control of a Ninja who’s clan is in danger of extinction. Observe your enemies from the darkness, manipulate them with simple yet versatile tools, and experience what it is to be a Ninja. From the award-winning studio that brought you Shank, Mark of the Ninja is a game about finesse, manipulation, and sacrifice.

Mark of the Ninja is a completely fresh gaming experience, a 2D stealth action platformer unlike anything else . The basics are simple, remain shrouded in darkness and become invisible to your enemies. The main objective of the game is be remain unseen, stay out the light and avoid making noise as to avoid detection. Of course this is all accomplished using your stealthy ninja skills, while clinging to walls and ceilings, hiding in air vents or crawl spaces, ducking in door ways or behind various objects and swinging around using your grapple hook.

While in stealth if you sneak up on an unsuspecting foe you’ll be rewarded with an especially graphic and violent cut scene of you executing your mark. Deliver a silent kill and earn extra XP, hide the body and earn more. Being a true stealth game sneaking past your enemies without killing them offers even more rewards and is an acceptable play style. Starting the game with only a basic set of moves, executions, and distraction items you earn medals that you can then use to purchase new unlocks. New items and techniques open up new options for dealing with your foes, early in the game you can only peak through grates but after a couple levels you unlock the ability to do executions from these hiding places.

The animation and graphics in Mark of the Ninja is beautiful, you’ll often forget you’re playing a video game and think you’re watching an R-Rated anime. The unique art style and world is stunning and sets it apart from everything else out there. The cut scenes are beautifully animated and flow seamlessly between the stages. The execution animations are graphically intense making those stealth kills especially rewarding.

While not the longest game, Mark of the Ninja does have a lot of replay-ability. Earning all the unlocks and completing side challenges will have you coming back for more. A new game plus mode will also add extra challenge to the campaign while letting you keep all your upgrades and unlocks right from the get go.

While the story isn’t amazing and some stages in the later half of the game can be platforming nightmares this isn’t enough to tarnish an amazing and unique experience. Mark of the Ninja is easily one of the best games I’ve experienced this year. For those of you worried about creativity in games disappearing worry not and look for amazing indie gems like Mark of the Ninja to carry the flame of creativity and innovation.

SCORE: 9 / 10

Mark of the Ninja
Published by: Microsoft
Developed by: Klei
Genre: Stealth Platformer
Release Date: September 7, 2012
System: Xbox Live Arcade
MSRP: 1200 MS Points
Rated: M for Mature

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
 @RicF