A Closer Look at Titanfall’s Third Downloadable Map Pack
Good news, Titanfall fans! Full details on the third downloadable map pack – IMC Rising – are now available, and your pilots and Titans will have three very different maps to choose from. Developer Respawn Entertainment may have saved the best for last with these. Check out where you’ll be blowing each other up next! Zone 18 – The Robotics Lab: Zone 18 is a unique addition to Titanfall. You’ll notice that most of the roofs are the same height, forcing players to deviate from the strategy of getting to the highest ground. The decommissioned Hammond robotics factory is designed to force players into meeting each other; it’s more open and spacious than most other maps, making it the perfect field for Titans. Backwater – The Bootlegging Colony: When you hear these moonshiners, you might think of the Appalachian Mountains, but the rice paddies of Backwater give the map more of an Asian feel. Expect a lot of elevation changes on this map, meaning lots of high points to gain the upper ground. But watch out for the large underground grain storage facilities, where pilots can escape and move between hardpoints. Hardcore Titanfall fans will recognize the map as part of the first concept art shown for the game!
Pre-Download Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor & Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Starting Today
As we continue to roll out our digital pre-order and pre-download program, we are excited to announce that two more titles are available for pre-load starting today. First, there’s the action-packed original story set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings saga, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which puts player in the boots of a ranger named Talion who must use his wraith-like powers to avenge the death of his family. The second game, the gritty undercover cop drama Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, brings 2012’s sleeper hit into this generation with gorgeous upgraded visuals, gameplay improvements and rebuilt audio, plus the inclusion of all extra downloadable content.
To celebrate the launch of these games, the following Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition game bundles are available for pre-order globally, starting today, through the Xbox Store on the console or online at store.xbox.com
Meet Killer Instinct Season 2’s Maya and Her Deadly Daggers
At Tokyo Game Show this week, Killer Instinct fans will get hands-on for the first time with Season 2’s Maya, the badass monster hunter wielding the ancient daggers “Temperance” and “Vengeance.” Maya is the second character to be revealed for Season 2, with TJ Combo from the original Killer Instinct confirmed at E3 last June. You can check out Maya in action and a tease of the next character in the video above. First seen back in the day in Killer Instinct 2, Maya’s fast-paced “blade juggling” combat style lets her power up her daggers the more they’re blocked, leading to increasingly devastating attacks and mixups against her opponents. You’ll need to be careful when playing her though -- if she loses a blade, her powers are diminished until she can recover it.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Game You Never Knew Existed
Faithful “Guardians of the Galaxy” fans, disappointed that their favorite summer blockbuster didn’t get a dedicated tie-in console game, will want to take a closer look at the upcoming Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition). In addition to launching with Avengers- and Spider-Man-themed Play Sets, the toys-to-life follow-up also support a standalone “Guardians of the Galaxy” adventure on day one. Bundled with sweet-looking Star-Lord and Gamora sculpts, the six-to-eight hour, story-driven campaign can be tackled with the capable pair of cosmic antiheroes or their sold-separately pals Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and Drax the Destroyer. The film’s setting, storyline, and secondary characters figure prominently into the Play Set (Cosmo the dog is a freaking mission-giver!), but our recent demo – featuring all five characters – was squarely focused on showcasing the Sakaaran-slaying quintet’s superpowers and special abilities.
6 Great Features of Xbox Live Rewards
The Xbox Live Rewards program has gotten even better, offering Xbox gamers the chance to turn their passion into profit. Longtime Xbox gamers may have used and enjoyed the service during the Xbox 360 days, but we’d love to get all of our fans – old and new – in on the action. Check out the breakdown on just what makes the program so darned cool.
1) It’s easy to use (you’re practically doing it already!)
One of the nice things about the Xbox Live Rewards Program is that it rewards you for doing the stuff you’re already doing on your Xbox One and Xbox 360. Namely: playing games, watching movies, and using apps. It’s the easiest and most fun way to earn credit for games!
2) Payouts are automatic
When your Xbox Live Rewards account reaches 5,000 Rewards Credits, they’ll be converted to your local currency, and added to your Xbox Live account. No hassle! You can request a payout earlier, too – but you never have to worry about whether you’ll get your credit.
Why Destiny's Endgame Is Just the Beginning
Bungie’s brand-new Destiny includes quite a bit of content beyond its multi-planet campaign. To wit: Raids are six-player missions that open up when players hit level 20. There are no waypoints to tell you where to go and what to do; they're also friends-only, with no matchmaking, meaning that you’ll need to gather five friends who own the game, and sync your schedules in order to play them. They’ll have you struggling your way through the most challenging dungeons, fighting the biggest bosses – and they reward you with the best loot and upgrades the game has to offer. They are very challenging, and demand communication and cooperation from the entire team.
Destiny: You Got Your MMO in My FPS!
Destiny is something new. Developer Bungie has infused the fast-paced console first-person-shooter action it helped to make famous with elements traditionally reserved for role-playing games, especially the massively multiplayer online variety. It's a neat trick. But don't panic, shooter fans! These MMORPG elements are nothing to be afraid of. In fact, you just might find that they make the FPS experience that much more interesting. To help ease the transition, we've put together a primer on Destiny's MMO-ish qualities, and how they impact gameplay.